December 13, 2018

Conference Paper: “Can We Count on Social Media Metrics? First Insights into the Active Scholarly Use of Social Media”

The following research paper has been accepted for publication/presentation at the 10th ACM Conference on Web Science that is scheduled to take place in Amsterdam from May 27-30, 2018.

Title

Can We Count on Social Media Metrics? First Insights into the Active Scholarly Use of Social Media

Authors

Maryam Mehrazar
ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany

Christoph Carl Kling
C-Kling.de, Germany

Steffen Lemke
ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany

Athanasios Mazarakis
Kiel University, Germany

Isabella Peters
ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany

Source

via arXiv
Posted April 8, 2018

Abstract

Measuring research impact is important for ranking publications in academic search engines and for research evaluation.

Social media metrics or altmetrics measure the impact of scientific work based on social media activity. Altmetrics are complementary to traditional, citation-based metrics, e.g. allowing the assessment of new publications for which citations are not yet available. Despite the increasing importance of altmetrics, their characteristics are not well understood: Until now it has not been researched what kind of researchers are actively using which social media services and why – important questions for scientific impact prediction.

Based on a survey among 3,430 scientists, we uncover previously unknown and significant differences between social media services: We identify services which attract young and experienced researchers, respectively, and detect differences in usage motivations. Our findings have direct implications for the future design of altmetrics for scientific impact prediction.

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5 pages; PDF.

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