CfP Special Issue "Social Media Metrics in Scholarly Communication"

Stefanie Haustein haustein.stefanie at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 2 12:06:34 EDT 2014

Dear colleagues,

we are inviting you to submit to the special issue "Social Media Metrics in
Scholarly Communication: exploring tweets, blogs, likes and other
altmetrics" to appear in *Aslib Journal of Information Management*.
The Call for Papers can be found below and online
deadline is 15 November 2014.

Kind regards,

Stefanie Haustein, Vincent Larivière & Cassidy R. Sugimoto

Dr. Stefanie Haustein

Postdoctoral Researcher
Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication
École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information (EBSI)
Université de Montréal

e-mail: stefanie.haustein at
Twitter: @stefhaustein


*What is the focus of this special issue?*

Social media metrics—commonly coined as “altmetrics”—have been heralded as
great democratizers of science, providing broader and timelier indicators
of impact than citations. These metrics come from a range of sources,
including Twitter, blogs, social reference managers, post-publication peer
review, and other social media platforms. Social media metrics have begun
to be used as indicators of scientific impact, yet the theoretical
foundation, empirical validity, and extent of use of platforms underlying
these metrics lack thorough treatment in the literature.

For this special issue, we invite research papers focusing on social media
in scholarly communication, which assess opportunities made available by
and challenges of the use of various metrics from quantitative,
qualitative, and theoretical points of view. Potential topics include but
are not limited to:

   - Novel methods of analyzing social media in scholarly communication
   - Evaluation of various new sources of metrics (e.g., tweets, social
   bookmarking and readership counts, post publication peer review rankings,
   blog posts, mass media coverage, views and downloads of presentations,
   datasets, code)
   - Meaning of and differentiation between various social media metrics
   - Challenging or validating the concept of alternative metrics
   - Theoretical and qualitative approaches to classifying and defining
   social media metrics
   - Best practices and limitations in data collection and cleaning
   - Data accuracy and reproducibility
   - User behavior
   - Gaming or abuse of social media metrics
   - Social media metrics in research evaluation and researchers’ careers
   - Ethics of social media metrics
   - Altmetrics as tools for libraries and publishers
   - Social network analyses and visualizations of social media


Papers should focus on social-media based tools and metrics in the context
of scholarly communication. All methodological approaches are welcome. Case
studies and proof-of-concept studies should present new and unique findings
and highlight future research possibilities and developments. Opinion
pieces and review articles will not be considered for the special issue.

Papers should be 4,000 to 9,000 words in length (including references) and
in accordance with the journal’s author guidelines

For all additional information prior to submission, please contact the
guest editors Stefanie Haustein <stefanie.haustein at>,  Vincent
Larivière <vincent.lariviere at>, or Cassidy R. Sugimoto
<sugimoto at>.

Please submit to Aslib Journal of Information Management using ScholarOne
Manuscripts <>, our online submission
and peer review system and indicate that you are submitting to the special

*About the Journal*

Aslib Journal of Information Management (AJIM; previously: Aslib
Proceedings, ISSN: 2050-3806) is a peer-reviewed international journal
providing key insights into the latest international developments in the
research and practice of information management and information science.
The journal is the major publication for ASLIB – the Association for
Information Management in the United Kingdom - a membership association for
people who manage information and knowledge in organisations and the
information industry.

Information about the journal can be found at

*Schedule dates and submission deadlines*

Paper submission: *15 November 2014*

Notice of review results: *31 January 2015*

Revisions due: *28 February 2015*

Publication: Aslib Journal of Information Management, volume 67, issue 4,
2015 (August 2015)
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