The Kardashian index: a measure of discrepant social media profile for scientists

Genome Biol. 2014 Jul 30;15(7):424. doi: 10.1186/s13059-014-0424-0.


In the era of social media there are now many different ways that a scientist can build their public profile; the publication of high-quality scientific papers being just one. While social media is a valuable tool for outreach and the sharing of ideas, there is a danger that this form of communication is gaining too high a value and that we are losing sight of key metrics of scientific value, such as citation indices. To help quantify this, I propose the 'Kardashian Index', a measure of discrepancy between a scientist's social media profile and publication record based on the direct comparison of numbers of citations and Twitter followers.

MeSH terms

  • Bibliographies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laboratory Personnel*
  • Male
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Sexism
  • Social Media*