How and why scholars cite on Twitter

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Scholars are increasingly using the microblogging service Twitter as a communication platform. Since citing is a central practice of scholarly communication, we investigated whether and how scholars cite on Twitter. We conducted interviews and harvested 46,515 tweets from a sample of 28 scholars and found that they do cite on Twitter, though often indirectly. Twitter citations are part of a fast-moving conversation that participants believe reflects scholarly impact. Twitter citation metrics could augment traditional citation analysis, supporting a "scientometrics 2.0.".

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProceedings of the ASIST Annual Meeting
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Bibliometrics
  • Citation
  • Scholarly communication
  • Social media
  • Twitter


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