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The main objective of the present research is to examine the relationship between the number of citations and the level of altmetrics for testing the validity of these new metrics, at least in terms of being alignment with the test established index. The present research population consist of articles from the top chemistry writers that were profiled at the Scopus Citation Database in 2010. Sample research is the articles by 20 top author. The present research is applied in terms of purpose, and is descriptive and correlative in terms of data collection. Data extraction was performed using Webometric analyst software and citation data was collected from Scopus. SPSS software was used to analyze the data.

The research findings show that the articles in question have little presence on social networks. In terms of the amount of attendance and distribution Mendeley, CiteUlike, Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, Google Plus and News, had the largest number of articles and altmetrics respectively. Also, the results show that Mendeley and Twitter have the most relationship with citations. Also, articles have at least one higher citation average altmetric (25.14%) than those with no altmetric (7.58%). In terms of citations' relationship, the Spearman correlation test showed a strong correlation between the number of Mendeley readers, news, and citations. Also, there was a weak correlation between Twitter, CiteUlike, and citations. Finally, there was not a meaningful relationship between Facebook posts, blog posts, Google plus, and citations.