February 17, 2017

Altmetrics for mapping social engagement

How do researchers benefit from their local context? How do they interact with it? Are there different profiles of researchers? I am interesting on using social media to identify local and socially relevant interaction of researchers with non-academic stakeholders. Building on the productive interactions concept1 and using a network perspective, my goal is to develop methodologies to trace proxies of such interactions as a means to characterise the more socially/scientifically oriented profile of researchers. We are focus on a very specific type of productive interactions, that is informal interactions which cannot be recorded by researchers’ printed output (e.g., journal articles, research contracts, patents). We are especially interested on developing methodologies that are suitable for the areas of the social sciences and humanities. So far our studies have focused on the use of Twitter as a means to explore these social communities that researchers have and hypothesize that such networks correlate with those real offline communities with which researchers are actually engaging.

Related publications

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Robinson-Garcia N, Trivedi R, Costas R, Isett K, Melkers J, Hicks D. Tweeting about journal articles: engagement, marketing or just gibberish? In: Paris (France); 2017.
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Robinson-Garcia N, Ramos-Vielba I, Costas R, D’Este P, Rafols I. Do altmetrics capture social engagement? A comparison between survey and social media data. In: Paris (France); 2017.
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Robinson-Garcia N, van Leeuwen T, Rafols I. Using Almetrics for Contextualised Mapping of Societal Impact: From Hits to Networks. Science and Public Policy. 2017. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2932944. [Source]
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Robinson-Garcia N, Ramos-Vielba I, Costas R, D’Este P, Rafols I. Do altmetrics capture social engagement? A comparison between survey and social media data. In: Atlanta (USA); 2017.
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Rafols I, Robinson-Garcia N, van Leeuwen T. How to make altmetrics useful in societal impact assessments: shifting from citation to interaction approaches. Impact of Social Sciences. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2017/03/23/how-to-make-altmetrics-useful-in-societal-impact-assessments-shifting-from-citation-to-interaction-approaches/. Published March 23, 2017. Accessed March 24, 2017.
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Robinson-Garcia N, van Leeuwen TN, Rafols I. SSH & the City. A network approach for tracing the societal contribution of the Social Sciences and Humanities for local development. In: Valencia (Spain); 2016.
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Robinson-Garcia N, van Leeuwen TN, Rafols I. SSH & the City. A proposal to map social engagement through social media and web-link analysis. In: Vienna (Austria); 2016.

References

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Spaapen J, van Drooge L. Introducing “productive interactions” in social impact assessment. Research Evaluation. 2011;20(3):211-218. doi: 10.3152/095820211×12941371876742