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4.8 Academic Social Networks and Bibliometrics

Clemens Blümel


This contribution deals with Academic Social Network Sites (ASNS) as a resource for bibliometricians and informetricians. ASNS are a rather novel medium for scholarly communication, but they have reached a broad userbase and gained attention by novel information aggregators (such as PlumX), publishers and data providers. Based on a short sketch of basic characteristics and services of ASNS, this chapter provides an overview of existing research devoted to ASNS and its uses. In particular, the contribution deals with how metrics relying on data from ASNS are constructed and what problems and challenges arise in dealing with these metrics. I argue that more conceptual and theoretical work is to be done in order to understand the meanings of ASNS usage.

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