Public interest in social research ethics: An analysis of the top 50 articles in Altmetric database

Authors

  • Van Kham Tran*
  • Huy Cuong Pham
  • Thanh Nam Tran
  • Thi Thai Lan Nguyen
  • Thi Kim Nhung Nguyen

Abstract

Social media influences public awareness, politics, and the economy. A new web-based metric called Altmetric has recently been developed for use in scientific fields, which provides a complementary measure of the impact of scientific articles. This study aims to identify and characterise the top 50 articles with high Altmetric attention scores (AASs) in social research ethics, which have received the most significant amount of attention from the general public and scholars. Using the Altmetric database, we searched for 438 AAS articles with content in social research ethics, which were published in 172 journals in social sciences using the Web of Science and Scopus databases. We determined the top 50 articles with the highest AASs using the Altmetric.com databases and then analysed them with some criteria of the journal, year, type of article, a field of research, main topic, and ethical research consideration. Among the 50 chosen articles, the journal that published the most articles on social research ethics that received the most attention on social media was the International Journal of Social Research Methodology (n=7). The most frequent keywords appearing in these articles are ethics (n=20), research ethics (n=14), social media (n=13), and privacy (n=7). Articles in the journal with higher impact factors (IFs) and Scimagor’s ranks were expected to have higher AASs. The research areas with articles with high AASs are philosophy and religious study (27), medical, pharmacology and health sciences, and studies in human society. Our study presents a detailed list and analysis of the top 50 articles with the highest AASs in social research ethics, which paint a significant picture of public attention in social research ethics. Indeed, this picture shows that despite having public interests in this topic, the level is less considerable compared to its vital position in social research in contemporary life.

Keywords:

AAS, Altmetric, social research, social research ethic

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31276/VMOSTJOSSH.64(2).75-82

Classification number

4.1

Author Biographies

Van Kham Tran

National Ageing Research Institute, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Park Campus, Gate 4, Building 8, 34-54 Poplar Road, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia; University of South Australia, 101 Currie Street, Adelaide City, South Australia 5000, Australia

Huy Cuong Pham

University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Hanoi, 336 Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan Trung Ward, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Thanh Nam Tran

University of Education, Vietnam National University - Hanoi, 144 Xuan Thuy Street, Dich Vong Hau Ward, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Thi Thai Lan Nguyen

University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Hanoi, 336 Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan Trung Ward, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Thi Kim Nhung Nguyen

University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University - Hanoi, 336 Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan Trung Ward, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Published

2022-08-20

Received 8 November 2021; revised 28 January 2022; accepted 15 February 2022

How to Cite

Van Kham Tran, Huy Cuong Pham, Thanh Nam Tran, Thi Thai Lan Nguyen, & Thi Kim Nhung Nguyen. (2022). Public interest in social research ethics: An analysis of the top 50 articles in Altmetric database. The VMOST Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 64(2), 75-82. https://doi.org/10.31276/VMOSTJOSSH.64(2).75-82

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Section

Sociology, Anthropology, and Ethnology