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Methods and Applications of Informatics and Information Technology

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Volume 56, Issue 5 (Oct 2014)

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Tweets vs. Mendeley readers: How do these two social media metrics differ?

Stefanie Haustein
  • Corresponding author
  • École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal
  • Science-Metrix Inc.
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/ Vincent Larivière
  • École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal
  • Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST), Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST), Université du Québec à Montréal
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/ Mike Thelwall
  • School of Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton
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/ Didier Amyot
  • Science-Metrix Inc.
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/ Isabella Peters
  • ZBW – German National Library of Economics, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel
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Published Online: 2014-09-30 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2014-1048

Abstract

A set of 1.4 million biomedical papers was analyzed with regards to how often articles are mentioned on Twitter or saved by users on Mendeley. While Twitter is a microblogging platform used by a general audience to distribute information, Mendeley is a reference manager targeted at an academic user group to organize scholarly literature. Both platforms are used as sources for so-called “altmetrics” to measure a new kind of research impact. This analysis shows in how far they differ and compare to traditional citation impact metrics based on a large set of PubMed papers.

Keywords: ACM CCS→Human-centered computing→Social networks; Altmetrics; Social media; Twitter; Mendeley; Citation analysis; Scholarly communication

About the article

Stefanie Haustein

Stefanie Haustein is a postdoctoral researcher in bibliometrics at the Université de Montréal and a research analyst at Science-Metrix in Montreal, Canada. She received her PhD in information science from the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. Her current research focuses on altmetrics.

École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal, C. P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville, Montréal, QC, H3C 3J7 (Canada) and Science-Metrix Inc., 1335, Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC, H2J 1Y6 (Canada)

Vincent Larivière

Vincent Larivière holds the Canada Research Chair on the transformations of scholarly communication and is assistant professor of information science at the Université de Montréal. He is is also an associate researcher at the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies and a regular member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie of the Université du Québec à Montréal.

École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal, C. P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville, Montréal, QC, H3C 3J7 (Canada) and Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST), Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST), Université du Québec à Montréal, CP 8888, Succ. Centre-Ville, Montréal, QC, H3C 3P8 (Canada)

Mike Thelwall

Mike Thelwall is a professor of information science at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. He received his PhD in mathematics from Lancaster University, UK. His current research focuses on altmetrics, sentiment analysis and webometrics.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1LY (UK)

Didier Amyot

Didier Amyot obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and has worked at Science-Metrix as a senior programmer during data collection for this study. Currently he works on ustra.ca, a cryptographically secure web voting system, of which he is the founder.

Science-Metrix Inc., 1335, Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC, H2J 1Y6 (Canada)

Isabella Peters

Isabella Peters is professor for web science at the ZBW and the Christian Albrechts University Kiel, Germany. Having intensively researched user generated content, folksonomies and social media she received her PhD in information science from the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. Her current research include altmetrics, user generated content in scholarly communication and science 2.0.

ZBW – German National Library of Economics, Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Duesternbrooker Weg 120, 24105 Kiel (Germany)


Accepted: 2014-08-13

Received: 2014-04-25

Published Online: 2014-09-30

Published in Print: 2014-10-28


Citation Information: it - Information Technology, ISSN (Online) 2196-7032, ISSN (Print) 1611-2776, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/itit-2014-1048.

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