publication . Article . Other literature type . Preprint . 2016

Using altmetrics for contextualised mapping of societal impact: from hits to networks

Nicolas Robinson-Garcia;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jun 2016 Journal: SSRN Electronic Journal (eissn: 1556-5068, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: Netherlands
Abstract
In this article, we develop a method that uses altmetric data to analyse researchers' interactions, as a way of mapping the contexts of potential societal impact. In the face of an increasing policy demand for quantitative methodologies to assess societal impact, social media data (altmetrics) has been presented as a potential method to capture broader forms of impact. However, current altmetric indicators were extrapolated from traditional citation approaches and are seen as problematic for assessing societal impact. In contrast, established qualitative methodologies for societal impact assessment are based on interaction approaches. These argue that assessment...
Subjects
free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Public Administration, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Computer Science - Digital Libraries, societal impact, social engagement, open science, altmetrics, twitter, research evaluation
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Haustein, S., Bowman, T. D. and Costas, R. (2015). 'Interpreting “altmetrics”: viewing acts on social media through the lens of citation and social theories'. Sugimoto, C. R. (ed.), Theories of Informetrics and Scholarly Communication: A Festschrift in honor of Blaise Cronin, pp. 372-406. De Gruyter.

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Holbrook, J. B. (2012). 'Re-assessing the science-society relation: The case of the US National Science Foundation's broader impacts merit review criterion (1997-2011)', Techonology in Society, 27/4: 437- 451.

Hsu, C. and Park, H. W. (2011). 'Sociology of Hyperlink Networks of Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Twitter: A Case Study of South Korea', Social Science Computer Review, 29/3: 354-68.

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Joly, P. B., Gaunand, A., Colinet, L., Larédo, P., Lemarié, S. and Matt, M. (2015). 'ASIRPA: A comprehensive theory-based approach to assessing the societal impacts of a research organization'. Research Evaluation, 24/4: 440-453. [OpenAIRE]

Ke, Q., Ahn, Y.-Y., & Sugimoto, C.R. (2017). A systematic identification and analysis of scientists on Twitter. Plos One, 12(4), e0175368.

Kok, M. O. and Schuit, A. J. (2012). 'Contribution mapping: a method for mapping the contribution of research to enhance its impact'. Health Research Policy and Systems, 10/1: 21. [OpenAIRE]

Meijer, I., Mejlgaard, N., Lindner, R., Woolley, R., Rafols, I., Griesler, E., Wroblewski, A., et al. (2016). 'Monitoring the Evolution and Benefits of Responsible Research and Innovation (MoRRI) - a preliminary framework for RRI dimensions & indicators'. Presented at the OECD Blue Sky Forum 2016, Ghent. [OpenAIRE]

Moed, H. F. (2015). 'Altmetrics as traces of the computerization of the research process'. Sugimoto, C. R. (ed.), Theories of Informetrics and Scholarly Communication: A Festschrift in honor of Blaise Cronin, pp. 360-371. De Gruyter. [OpenAIRE]

24 references, page 1 of 2
Abstract
In this article, we develop a method that uses altmetric data to analyse researchers' interactions, as a way of mapping the contexts of potential societal impact. In the face of an increasing policy demand for quantitative methodologies to assess societal impact, social media data (altmetrics) has been presented as a potential method to capture broader forms of impact. However, current altmetric indicators were extrapolated from traditional citation approaches and are seen as problematic for assessing societal impact. In contrast, established qualitative methodologies for societal impact assessment are based on interaction approaches. These argue that assessment...
Subjects
free text keywords: Geography, Planning and Development, Public Administration, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Computer Science - Digital Libraries, societal impact, social engagement, open science, altmetrics, twitter, research evaluation
24 references, page 1 of 2

Gentry, J. (2015). twitteR (v. 1.1.8). R CRAN v. 3.3.0. Available at <https://github.com/geoffjentry/twitteR>.

Geuna, A. and Muscio, A. (2009). 'The Governance of University Knowledge Transfer: A Critical Review of the Literature', Minerva, 47/1: 93-114. DOI: 10.1007/s11024-009-9118-2 [OpenAIRE]

Grande, D., Gollust, S. E., Pany, M., Seymour, J., Goss, A., Kilaru, A. and Meisel, Z. (2014). 'Translating Research For Health Policy: Researchers' Perceptions And Use Of Social Media', Health Affairs, 33/7: 1278-85.

Haas, P. M. (1989). 'Do regimes matter? Epistemic communities and Mediterranean pollution control', International organization, 43/3: 377-403.

Haustein, S., Bowman, T. D. and Costas, R. (2015). 'Interpreting “altmetrics”: viewing acts on social media through the lens of citation and social theories'. Sugimoto, C. R. (ed.), Theories of Informetrics and Scholarly Communication: A Festschrift in honor of Blaise Cronin, pp. 372-406. De Gruyter.

Hazelkorn, E. (2011). 'Rankings and the Reshaping of Higher Education: The Battle for World-Class Excellence.', Palgrave Macmillan. [OpenAIRE]

Hess, D. J. (2016). Undone Science: Social Movements, Mobilized Publics, and Industrial Transitions. MIT Press.

Holbrook, J. B. (2012). 'Re-assessing the science-society relation: The case of the US National Science Foundation's broader impacts merit review criterion (1997-2011)', Techonology in Society, 27/4: 437- 451.

Hsu, C. and Park, H. W. (2011). 'Sociology of Hyperlink Networks of Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Twitter: A Case Study of South Korea', Social Science Computer Review, 29/3: 354-68.

Ison, R. and Russell, D. (2007). Agricultural extension and rural development: breaking out of knowledge transfer traditions. Cambridge University Press. [OpenAIRE]

Joly, P. B., Gaunand, A., Colinet, L., Larédo, P., Lemarié, S. and Matt, M. (2015). 'ASIRPA: A comprehensive theory-based approach to assessing the societal impacts of a research organization'. Research Evaluation, 24/4: 440-453. [OpenAIRE]

Ke, Q., Ahn, Y.-Y., & Sugimoto, C.R. (2017). A systematic identification and analysis of scientists on Twitter. Plos One, 12(4), e0175368.

Kok, M. O. and Schuit, A. J. (2012). 'Contribution mapping: a method for mapping the contribution of research to enhance its impact'. Health Research Policy and Systems, 10/1: 21. [OpenAIRE]

Meijer, I., Mejlgaard, N., Lindner, R., Woolley, R., Rafols, I., Griesler, E., Wroblewski, A., et al. (2016). 'Monitoring the Evolution and Benefits of Responsible Research and Innovation (MoRRI) - a preliminary framework for RRI dimensions & indicators'. Presented at the OECD Blue Sky Forum 2016, Ghent. [OpenAIRE]

Moed, H. F. (2015). 'Altmetrics as traces of the computerization of the research process'. Sugimoto, C. R. (ed.), Theories of Informetrics and Scholarly Communication: A Festschrift in honor of Blaise Cronin, pp. 360-371. De Gruyter. [OpenAIRE]

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