The most mentioned neurointervention articles in online media: a bibliometric analysis of the top 101 articles with the highest altmetric attention scores

J Neurointerv Surg. 2019 May;11(5):528-532. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2018-014368. Epub 2018 Dec 11.


Background and purpose: Alternative metrics (altmetrics), based on mentions in online media, is a new tool that can help to identify the most influential articles to diverse public audiences. This article aimed to determine the 100 most mentioned articles in the field of neurointervention and to analyze their characteristics.

Materials and methods: We selected the 808 journals that were considered journals potentially publishing articles on neurointervention. We also selected articles using keywords. Using the search tool, we identified the 101 most mentioned neurointervention articles based on the highest altmetric attention scores (AASs) within selected journals and articles. Each article was evaluated for several characteristics including AAS, number of citations, journal title, journal category, impact factor of the journal, year of publication, authorship, country, type of document, and topic.

Results: The AASs for the top 101 articles ranged from 1586 to 39. Stroke published the largest number of articles (19.8%) followed by the New England Journal of Medicine (17.8%). The majority of articles were published in multidisciplinary journals (38.6%), were published in 2017-2018 (43.6%), originated from the USA (54.5%), were original articles (66.3%), and dealt with intra-arterial thrombolysis or thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke (58.4%). Tudor G Jovin was the most prolific author, authoring 18 of the most mentioned neurointervention articles CONCLUSIONS: This study presents a detailed list of the 101 most mentioned neurointervention articles in online media, thus providing useful information on the dissemination of neurointervention research to the general public.

Keywords: history; thrombectomy.

MeSH terms

  • Bibliometrics*
  • Embolization, Therapeutic
  • Internet
  • Journal Impact Factor
  • Neurosurgery / statistics & numerical data*
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / statistics & numerical data*
  • Periodicals as Topic
  • Thrombectomy