Special Issue "Social Media and Open Science"

A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Enrique Orduña Malea

Trademetrics Research Group, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
Interests: webmetrics; altmetrics; research evaluation; measure models; web indicators design; social network analysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Kim Holmberg

Research Unit for the Sociology of Education, University of Turku, Finland
Website | E-Mail
Interests: open science; social media; scholarly communication; altmetrics; social network analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Open Science is the idea of openly sharing scientific knowledge as early as possible in the discovery process. Social media enable users to create and share content with a worldwide audience, thus also providing a platform for researchers to openly share scientific knowledge to their peers and to audiences beyond academia. Social media is changing scholarly communication by enabling rapid dissemination of scientific ideas and discoveries and allowing a broader audience to participate in scholarly communication and even in the research process. On the other hand, monitoring how scientific knowledge is being shared and consumed online can also provide a broader understanding of the impact or influence that science has had on the society (e.g., what research is being shared and discussed online, how often, by whom, and in what context). Understanding where and how one’s research is being discussed and seeing how it may have had some influence could be incentivizing for researchers to share their ideas and research outputs more openly. Social media may thus have the power to push for a more rapid adoption of open science. However, there are many unanswered questions about the connection between social media and open science; how is social media changing scholarly communication, how could social media be advancing open science, how could monitoring online events around scientific outputs contribute to a broader understanding of the impact research has had on the society?

We welcome a variety of submissions that will examine these questions and others related to the connection between social media and open science. Topics of interest include various combinations of the listed keywords below.

Dr. Enrique Orduña Malea
Dr. Kim Holmberg
Guest Editors

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  • social media and open science
  • social media and changing scholarly communication
  • social media advancing open science
  • altmetrics and open science

Published Papers

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