Neil Hall, co-director of the Centre for Genomic Research at University of Liverpool has recently suggested a Kardashian Index as a measure of the degree of discrepancy between a scientist’s social media profile and the publication record. The measure is a simple one, it compares the number of citations and the number of followers on Twitter.
Neil Hall proposed that all scientists should calculate their own Kardashian index on an annual basis and include it in their Twitter profile. Not only does this index help others decide how much weight they should give to someone’s 140 character wisdom, the index can also serve as an incentive to return to the straight and narrow. If one’s Kardashian index gets above 5, then it’s time to get off Twitter and write papers.
According to his formula, and given that I have 10,977 citations (not including citations to my books), I should have 850 Twitter followers. I have 1,672 followers, so my Kardashian index is slightly less than 2.
I am, hence, spared the need to write a highly cited paper tonight. I’ll take a Sominex and go to sleep. Too much excitement for one day.
A Hall and two Kardashians