May 20, 2022

Conference Paper: “Understanding the Twitter Usage of Science Citation Index (SCI) Journals”

The following article has been accepted for presentation at the presentation at the 21st International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL 2019).


Understanding the Twitter Usage of Science Citation Index (SCI) Journals


Aravind Sesagiri Raamkumar
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Mojisola Erdt
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Harsha Vijayakumar
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Aarthy Nagarajan
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Yin-Leng Theng
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


via arXiv
September 25, 2019


This paper investigates the Twitter interaction patterns of journals from the Science Citation Index (SCI) of Master Journal List (MJL). A total of 953,253 tweets extracted from 857 journal accounts, were analyzed in this study. Findings indicate that SCI journals interacted more with each other but much less with journals from other citation indices. The network structure of the communication graph resembled a tight crowd network, with Nature journals playing a major part. Information sources such as news portals and scientific organizations were mentioned more in tweets, than academic journal Twitter accounts. Journals with high journal impact factors (JIFs) were found to be prominent hubs in the communication graph. Differences were found between the Twitter usage of SCI journals with Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) journals.

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