How and why scholars cite on Twitter

Jason Priem, Kaitlin Light Costello

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Abstract

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
Volume47
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

Keywords

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

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Priem, Jason ; Costello, Kaitlin Light. / How and why scholars cite on Twitter. In: Proceedings of the ASIST Annual Meeting. 2010 ; Vol. 47.
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