January 25, 2022

Conference Paper: “Understanding the Twitter Usage of Humanities and Social Sciences Academic Journals” (Preprint)

The following conference paper (preprint) was recently shared on arXiv. It has been accepted for publication at the Association for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting 2018.


Understanding the Twitter Usage of Humanities and Social Sciences Academic Journals


Aravind Sesagiri Raamkumar
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Mojisola Erdt
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Edie Rasmussen
University of British Columbia, Canada

Yin-Leng Theng
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Harsha Vijayakumar
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


via arXiv
Paper Accepted for Publication at ASIST 2018 


Scholarly communication has the scope to transcend the limitations of the physical world through social media’s extended coverage and shortened information paths. Accordingly, publishers have created profiles for their journals in Twitter to promote their publications and to initiate discussions with public. This paper investigates the Twitter presence of humanities and social sciences (HSS) journal titles obtained from mainstream citation indices, by analysing the interaction and communication patterns. This study utilizes webometric data collection, descriptive analysis, and social network analysis. Findings indicate that the presence of HSS journals in Twitter across disciplines is not yet substantial. Sharing of general websites appears to be the key activity performed by HSS journals in Twitter. Among them, web content from news portals and magazines are highly disseminated. Sharing of research articles and retweeting was not majorly observed. Inter-journal communication is apparent within the same citation index, but it is very minimal with journals from the other index. However, there seems to be an effort to broaden communication beyond the research community, reaching out to connect with the public.

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10 pages; PDF.

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