As part of the Edge's 2017-2018 focus on publishing, this M&M discussion considers the role of Twitter in scholarly communication. Researchers Marco Schmidt and Robert Jäschke, in their June 2017 article in PLoS ONE, investigated the use of Twitter by scientists in order to understand the value of this communication tool in the scientific community.
Schmitt M, Jäschke R (2017) What do computer scientists tweet? Analyzing the link-sharing practice on Twitter. PLoS ONE12(6): e0179630. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179630
How do the tweeting habits of computer scientists differ from those of the general population, and what are the implications for measuring research impact in this field? From the perspective of information professionals, how is this information relevant to the ways in which we collect and curate relevant research and help train emerging scholars? Join us as we explore this article and the implications for how scholars communicate and how we track research impact.