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Social media and predictors of traditional citations: insights from the Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
  1. Ashutosh P Jadhav1,
  2. Andrew F Ducruet2,
  3. Reade de Leacy3,
  4. Kyle M Fargen4
  1. 1 Department of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  2. 2 Department of Neurosurgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  3. 3 Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, New York, USA
  4. 4 Department of Neurological Surgery, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ashutosh P Jadhav, Department of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15218, USA; jadhavap{at}upmc.edu

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