[Sigmetrics] New paper
lutz.bornmann at gv.mpg.de
Wed Feb 10 11:59:17 EST 2016
You might be interested in a new paper on altmetrics:
How to normalize Twitter counts? A first attempt based on journals in the Twitter Index
By Lutz Bornmann<https://figshare.com/authors/Lutz_Bornmann/643957>, Robin Haunschild<https://figshare.com/authors/Robin_Haunschild/649217>
One possible way of measuring the broad impact of research (societal impact) quantitatively is the use of alternative metrics (altmetrics). An important source of altmetrics is Twitter, which is a popular microblogging service. In bibliometrics, it is standard to normalize citations for cross-field comparisons. This study deals with the normalization of Twitter counts (TC). The problem with Twitter data is that many papers receive zero tweets or only one tweet. In order to restrict the impact analysis on only those journals producing a considerable Twitter impact, we defined the Twitter Index (TI) containing journals with at least 80% of the papers with at least 1 tweet each. For all papers in each TI journal, we calculated normalized Twitter percentiles (TP) which range from 0 (no impact) to 100 (highest impact). Thus, the highest impact accounts for the paper with the most tweets compared to the other papers in the journal. TP are proposed to be used for cross-field comparisons. We studied the field-independency of TP in comparison with TC. The results point out that the TP can validly be used particularly in biomedical and health sciences, life and earth sciences, mathematics and computer science, as well as physical sciences and engineering. In a first application of TP, we calculated percentiles for countries. The results show that Denmark, Finland, and Norway are the countries with the most tweeted papers (measured by average tweets per paper).
Dr. Dr. habil. Lutz Bornmann
Division for Science and Innovation Studies
Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society
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Email: bornmann at gv.mpg.de<mailto:bornmann at gv.mpg.de>
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