Applying social bookmarking data to evaluate journal usage

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Applying social bookmarking data to evaluate journal usage

Author(s): Haustein, S (Haustein, Stefanie); Siebenlist, T (Siebenlist, Tobias)

Source: JOURNAL OF INFORMETRICS  Volume: 5  Issue: 3  Pages: 446-457  
DOI: 10.1016/j.joi.2011.04.002  Published: JUL 2011  

Abstract: Web 2.0 technologies are finding their way into academics: 
specialized social bookmarking services allow researchers to store and share 
scientific literature online. By bookmarking and tagging articles, academic 
prosumers generate new information about resources, i.e. usage statistics and 
content description of scientific journals. Given the lack of global download 
statistics, the authors propose the application of social bookmarking data to 
journal evaluation. For a set of 45 physics journals all 13,608 bookmarks from 
CiteULike, Connotea and BibSonomy to documents published between 2004 and 
2008 were analyzed. This article explores bookmarking data in STM and 
examines in how far it can be used to describe the perception of periodicals by 
the readership. Four basic indicators are defined, which analyze different 
aspects of usage: Usage Ratio, Usage Diffusion, Article Usage Intensity and 
Journal Usage Intensity. Tags are analyzed to describe a reader-specific view 
on journal content. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Language: English
Document Type: Article

Author Keywords: Journal evaluation; Usage statistics; Download data; 
COUNTER; Reader perception; Social bookmarking; Tagging; Science 2.0; 
CiteULike; Connotea; BibSonomy

Addresses: [Haustein, S] Forschungszentrum Julich, Cent Lib, D-52425 Julich, 
[Haustein, S; Siebenlist, T] Univ Dusseldorf, Dept Informat Sci, D-40225 
Dusseldorf, Germany
Reprint Address: Haustein, S (reprint author), Forschungszentrum Julich, Cent 
Lib, D-52425 Julich, Germany

E-mail Address: s.haustein at
ISSN: 1751-1577

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