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Spring 4-24-2023

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Purpose: The purpose of the present work was Altmetrics study of research outputs in the field of social and behavioral sciences in major Iranian universities during 2010-2020.

Methodology: The research outputs of the thematic domains of social and behavior of sciences major Iranian universities indexed in the Scopus database were reviewed. This applied research was conducted with a Altmetrics approach. Scopus and Altmetrics Explorer databases were used to collect data. Data analysis was performed using descriptive and inferential statistical tests in Excel software.

Findings: Current study revealed Shahid Beheshti, Tehran, Tarbiat Modares, Tabriz, and Shiraz universities, in the field of social sciences, had the most ranks in items of Mentions and Bookmarks. In addition, in all the universities surveyed, the most mentions were on Twitter and the most bookmarks were on Mendeley.

Conclusion: Overall, the findings showed that most of the surveyed universities were not in an acceptable position in terms of social media presence and Altmetrics score, indicating the lack of familiarity of the corresponding researchers with the benefits of social media and their low participation in sharing their research outputs on social media.