Zum Tag der Bibliotheken am 24. Oktober ist die Max Planck Gesellschaft mit der Social Media Aktion #meandmylibrary auf Facebook, Twitter und Instagram präsent, um die MPG-Bibliotheken mit ihren gedruckten und digitale Sammlungen ins Bild zu rücken, aber auch die Menschen, die in diesen Bibliotheken arbeiten und forschen. Auch auf der MPG-Webseite wird das Thema aufgegriffen.

Research Impact at the Article Level

Should an article’s social shares (e.g. in Twitter) or the number of readers in online reference managers be measured? Should these uses and mentions be something that is considered along with citations in published literature?

Article level metrics (read altmetrics: a manifesto) are available on different journals. Several publishers offer data collected from third parties and track different social media sites and online reference managers (e.g. based on Altmetrics). Some are using citations through CrossRef or article usage data from server logs in addition.

Here are some examples:

How the Scientific Community Reacts to Newly Submitted Preprints

Here comes the second reference tip for this week:

How the Scientific Community Reacts to Newly Submitted Preprints: Article Downloads, Twitter Mentions, and Citations

“Second, we run correlation tests to investigate the relationship between Twitter mentions and both article downloads and article citations. We find that Twitter mentions follow rapidly after article submission and that they are correlated with later article downloads and later article citations, indicating that social media may be an important factor in determining the scientific impact of an article.”

Published by Xin Shuai, Alberto Pepe and Johan Bollen at http://arxiv.org/abs/1202.2461.