A new approach to biochemistry: Bibliometric and altmetric analyses in the ketogenic diet

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Yusufoğlu B.

Medicine Science, no.12, pp.1145-1153, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.5455/medscience.2023.07.108
  • Journal Name: Medicine Science
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.1145-1153
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Recently, as doctors and researchers investigate into to the possible benefits of daily diets, ketogenic diets (KD) have started to gain popularity. As the growing up popularity of KD in social media, researchers had the chance to show their academic studies to the public more easily. Therefore, in this study, KD is discussed in terms of the recently popular “altmetric analysis” by scientists. The aim of study is to highlight the role of the ketogenic diet, figure out the mechanism of ketone bodies and the pivotal role of altmetric studies in health sciences. In order to investigate the novel aspects of the top 100 (T100) most cited scientific research paper in academia, 100 most discussed research paper was selected on social media platforms about KD from 1992 to 2019 and it was compared in terms of bibliometrics in web of science and in terms of social media impact in altmetric.com. While the total citations of the top 100 articles ranged from 143–109, altmetric values of T100 are 0–1269. According to the top social media platforms where the articles are mentioned, Twitter, Facebook, and Patent are the most popular social media platforms, respectively. It was not always coherent how altmetric data related to traditional bibliometric analysis. Thus, it might be suggested that bibliometric and altmetric assessments be viewed as complementary to one another. And by far the most important result of this study is that the articles with the highest citation may not receive much attention on social media due to their subject content.