DRIVERS OF HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS’ VISIBILITY: A STUDY OF UK HEIS SOCIAL MEDIA USE VS. ORGANIZATIONAL CHARACTERISTICS

Social media is increasingly used in higher education settings by researchers, students and institutions. Whether it is researchers conversing with other researchers, or universities seeking to communicate to a wider audience, social media platforms serve as a tools for users to communicate and increase visibility. Scholarly communication in social media and investigations about social media[…]

GENDER DIFFERENCES IN THE CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNICATION ON TWITTER

We present a study about gender differences in the climate change communication on Twitter and in the use of affordances on Twitter. Our dataset consists of about 250,000 tweets and retweets for which the authors’ gender was identified. While content of tweets and hashtags used were analyzed for common topics and specific contexts, the usernames that[…]

ASTROPHYSICISTS ON TWITTER: AN IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF TWEETING AND SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION BEHAVIOR

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze the tweeting behavior of 37 astrophysicists on Twitter and compares their tweeting behavior with their publication behavior and citation impact to show whether they tweet research-related topics or not. Design/methodology/approach – Astrophysicists on Twitter are selected to compare their tweets with their publications from Web of Science.[…]

THE CONCEPTUAL LANDSCAPE OF ISCHOOLS: EXAMINING CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS OF FACULTY MEMBERS

Introduction. This study describes the intellectual landscape of iSchools and examines how the various iSchools map on to these research areas. Method. The primary focus of the data collection process was on faculty members’ current research interests as described by the individuals themselves. A co-word analysis of all iSchool faculty members’ research interests was used[…]

CLIMATE CHANGE ON TWITTER: TOPICS, COMMUNITIES AND CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE 2013 IPCC REPORT

In September 2013 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its Working Group 1 report, the first comprehensive assessment of physical climate science in six years, constituting a critical event in the societal debate about climate change. This paper analyses the nature of this debate in one public forum: Twitter. Using statistical methods, tweets were[…]

DISCIPLINARY DIFFERENCES IN TWITTER SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION

This paper investigates disciplinary differences in how researchers use the microblogging site Twitter. Tweets from selected researchers in ten disciplines (astrophysics, biochemistry, digital humanities, economics, history of science, cheminformatics, cognitive science, drug discovery, social network analysis, and sociology) were collected and analyzed both statistically and qualitatively. The researchers tended to share more links and retweet more than the average[…]