Altmetrics

I am extremely interested on potential applications of altmetrics and other social media metrics for research assessment. Not necessarily interested on their potential for capturing societal impact (which I believe is limited), but to capture other instances of scientific communications such as social reception, scientific controversies, denial of scientific facts, social communities of interest, active participation of scientists in public discussions, etc. Here is a list of my publications on this topic.

DATA SOURCES

New data, new possibilities: Exploring the insides of Altmetric.com

Seminal paper exploring the information provided by Altmetric.com in relation to mentions from social media directed at scientific publications. The paper describes what can be obtained when downloading data from this source, potential caveats and coverage by social media platform. This paper obtained in 2019 the SCImago Award to Best Paper in Library and Information Studies.

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The insoluble problems of books: What does Altmetric.com have to offer?

This paper explores Altmetric.com and its new functionalities to track mentions in social media and other non-scholarly media to books. We explore the complete set of books included in Altmetric.com on the one hand, and query to the full list of books published by the University of Granada. From our findings, we conclude that it still has many issues which are not self-evident and should be more transparent to users.

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Filling the citation gap: Measuring the multidimensional impact of the academic book at institutional level with PlumX

This paper presents one of the first analyses using PlumX, an altmetric multi-source platform, to study the non-scientific impact of books. Based on a case study of two universities, the study finds that altmetric indicators seem to complement citation indicators in the humanities fields. Although results are inconclusive. 

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METHODOLOGICAL STUDIES

Mapping social media attention in Microbiology: Identifying main topics and actors

This paper presents a first attempt at identifying communities of interest in social media based on the scientific papers they mention in different media: Twitter, news media and policy documents. We use the field of Microbiology to present a proof-of-concept being able to observe how different media reflect different types of users with different interests on the specific topics they mention and discuss.

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Using almetrics for contextualised mapping of societal impact: From hits to networks

In this study we build from the concept of ‘productive interactions’ to propose the use of social network analysis to study the relations researchers establish with other social actors as a means to identify scholars who may be prune to engage with non-academic stakeholders. We use two case studies as illustrative cases and apply our methodology to their Twitter network of followers and followees.

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CRITICAL ANALYSES

The unbearable emptiness of tweeting – about journal articles

One of the first studies to qualitatively assess the value of tweets mentioning research articles as proxies of societal impact or awarenes on scientific contents. The results show that tweets provide too limited information as to be able to consider them as proxies of public engagement with scientific content.

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