Social media in scholarly communication

Understanding the role of social media in scholarly communication through large-scale empirical research

This project aims to contribute to the understanding of the role of social media in scholarly communication generally, and so-called “altmetrics” particularly, by means of large-scale empirical research. The team proposes to analyze the extent and intensity with which Twitter, Mendeley and Zotero are used and in how far they differ from each other and from citation indicators. The research questions will be analyzed by applying bibliometric and statistical methods to large datasets derived from matching bibliographic and citation data from the Web of Science—linked with PubMed and arXiv—with social media activity as well as surveys of users of social media in scholarly communication. This work should help to inform current and future users of social media-based metrics including researchers, funders, policy makers and publishers.

Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

This content has been updated on January 13 2016 at 23 h 00 min.