publication . Article . 2013

Scientists Popularizing Science: Characteristics and Impact of TED Talk Presenters

Cassidy R Sugimoto; Mike Thelwall; Vincent Larivière; Andrew Tsou; Philippe Mongeon; Benoit Macaluso;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Apr 2013 Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 8, issue 4 (issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science
Abstract
The TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference and associated website of recorded conference presentations (TED Talks) is a highly successful disseminator of science-related videos, claiming over a billion online views. Although hundreds of scientists have presented at TED, little information is available regarding the presenters, their academic credentials, and the impact of TED Talks on the general population. This article uses bibliometric and webometric techniques to gather data on the characteristics of TED presenters and videos and analyze the relationship between these characteristics and the subsequent impact of the videos. The results show that ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Science and Technology Workforce, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Research Article, Science Education, Sociology, Publication Practices, Medicine, Careers in Research, Media Studies, Q, R, Communications, Demography, Bibliometrics, Science, Research Assessment, Science Policy, Technology Development, Information Science
Funded by
NSF| Cascades, islands, or streams? Time, topic, and scholarly activities in humanities and social science research
Project
  • Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Project Code: 1208804
  • Funding stream: Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences | SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities
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3 Fischman J (2012) Researchers in the lab, ready for their close-up. Chron High Educ. Available: http://chronicle.com/article/Researchers-in-the-Lab-Ready/135412/. Accessed 29 December 2012.

4 Thelwall M, Kousha K, Weller K, Puschmann C (2012) Assessing the impact of online academic videos. In: Wulff GW, Holmberg K, editors. Social information research. Bradford: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 195–213.

5 TED Blog (2012) What talks have resonated most with you? Tweet TED’s billionth video view. Available: http://blog.ted.com/2012/11/13/what-talks-have-resonated-most-with-you-tweet-teds-billionth-video-view/. Accessed 29 December 2012.

6 Alexa - Top Sites by Category: Science/Technology (2012) Alexa - The Web Information Company. Available: http://www.alexa.com/topsites/category/Top/Science/Technology. Accessed 16 December 2012.

7 Alexa - Top Sites by Category: Science/Technology/Conferences and Events (2012) Alexa - The Web Information Company. Available: http://www.alexa.com/topsites/category/Science/Technology/Conferences_and_Events. Accessed 28 December 2012.

8 National Science Board (2012) Science and engineering indicators. Available: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind12/pdf/c07.pdf. Accessed 29 December 2012.

9 Weber JR, Word CS (2001) The communication process as evaluative context: What do nonscientists hear when scientists speak? BioScience 51: 487–495.

10 Boulter D (1999) Public perception of science and associated general issues for the scientist. Phytochemistry 50: 1–7.

11 Nisbet MC, Scheufele DA, Shanahan J, Moy P, Brossard D, et al (2002) Knowledge, reservations, or promise? A media effects model for public perceptions of science and technology. Communic Res 29: 584–608.

12 Haynes K, Barclay J, Pidgeon N (2008) The issue of trust and its influence on risk communication during a volcanic crisis. Bulletin of Volcanology 70: 605–621.

13 Weigold MF (2001) Communicating science: A review of the literature. Sci Commun 23: 164–193.

14 Bentley P, Kyvik S (2011) Academic staff and public communication: A survey of popular science publishing across 13 countries. Public Underst Sci 20: 48–63.

15 Jensen P, Rouquier J-B, Kreimer P, Croissant Y (2008) Scientists who engage with society perform better academically. Sci Public Policy 35: 527–541.

48 references, page 1 of 4
Abstract
The TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference and associated website of recorded conference presentations (TED Talks) is a highly successful disseminator of science-related videos, claiming over a billion online views. Although hundreds of scientists have presented at TED, little information is available regarding the presenters, their academic credentials, and the impact of TED Talks on the general population. This article uses bibliometric and webometric techniques to gather data on the characteristics of TED presenters and videos and analyze the relationship between these characteristics and the subsequent impact of the videos. The results show that ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Science and Technology Workforce, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Research Article, Science Education, Sociology, Publication Practices, Medicine, Careers in Research, Media Studies, Q, R, Communications, Demography, Bibliometrics, Science, Research Assessment, Science Policy, Technology Development, Information Science
Funded by
NSF| Cascades, islands, or streams? Time, topic, and scholarly activities in humanities and social science research
Project
  • Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Project Code: 1208804
  • Funding stream: Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences | SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities
48 references, page 1 of 4

1 Thelwall M, Sud P, Vis F (2012) Commenting on YouTube videos: From Guatemalan rock to El B ig Bang. J Am Soc Inf Sci Technol 63: 616–629.

2 Haran B, Poliakoff M (2012) The periodic table of videos. Science 332: 1046–1047.

3 Fischman J (2012) Researchers in the lab, ready for their close-up. Chron High Educ. Available: http://chronicle.com/article/Researchers-in-the-Lab-Ready/135412/. Accessed 29 December 2012.

4 Thelwall M, Kousha K, Weller K, Puschmann C (2012) Assessing the impact of online academic videos. In: Wulff GW, Holmberg K, editors. Social information research. Bradford: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 195–213.

5 TED Blog (2012) What talks have resonated most with you? Tweet TED’s billionth video view. Available: http://blog.ted.com/2012/11/13/what-talks-have-resonated-most-with-you-tweet-teds-billionth-video-view/. Accessed 29 December 2012.

6 Alexa - Top Sites by Category: Science/Technology (2012) Alexa - The Web Information Company. Available: http://www.alexa.com/topsites/category/Top/Science/Technology. Accessed 16 December 2012.

7 Alexa - Top Sites by Category: Science/Technology/Conferences and Events (2012) Alexa - The Web Information Company. Available: http://www.alexa.com/topsites/category/Science/Technology/Conferences_and_Events. Accessed 28 December 2012.

8 National Science Board (2012) Science and engineering indicators. Available: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind12/pdf/c07.pdf. Accessed 29 December 2012.

9 Weber JR, Word CS (2001) The communication process as evaluative context: What do nonscientists hear when scientists speak? BioScience 51: 487–495.

10 Boulter D (1999) Public perception of science and associated general issues for the scientist. Phytochemistry 50: 1–7.

11 Nisbet MC, Scheufele DA, Shanahan J, Moy P, Brossard D, et al (2002) Knowledge, reservations, or promise? A media effects model for public perceptions of science and technology. Communic Res 29: 584–608.

12 Haynes K, Barclay J, Pidgeon N (2008) The issue of trust and its influence on risk communication during a volcanic crisis. Bulletin of Volcanology 70: 605–621.

13 Weigold MF (2001) Communicating science: A review of the literature. Sci Commun 23: 164–193.

14 Bentley P, Kyvik S (2011) Academic staff and public communication: A survey of popular science publishing across 13 countries. Public Underst Sci 20: 48–63.

15 Jensen P, Rouquier J-B, Kreimer P, Croissant Y (2008) Scientists who engage with society perform better academically. Sci Public Policy 35: 527–541.

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publication . Article . 2013

Scientists Popularizing Science: Characteristics and Impact of TED Talk Presenters

Cassidy R Sugimoto; Mike Thelwall; Vincent Larivière; Andrew Tsou; Philippe Mongeon; Benoit Macaluso;