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Scientific birds of a feather flock together: science communication on social media rarely happens across or beyond disciplinary boundaries

Ke, Qing, Ahn, Yong-Yeol and Sugimoto, Cassidy R. (2017) Scientific birds of a feather flock together: science communication on social media rarely happens across or beyond disciplinary boundaries. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (12 Jul 2017). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The success of academic research in reaching out beyond its own scientific community is a perennial concern, even more so following the rapid adoption of social media and the ability to easily transmit information to potentially millions of people. Consequently, many attempts have been made to capture the broad scientific impact beyond academia using social media data. But is increased social media attention really indicative of “broader impact”? Qing Ke, Yong-Yeol Ahn and Cassidy R. Sugimoto have studied how much scientific discourse is happening across and beyond scientific communities on Twitter and found that social media does not broaden scientific communication, but rather replicates and perpetuates pre-established disciplinary boundaries. “Alt” metrics may not be so alternative after all.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 09:47
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2019 23:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83921

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