Yes, expected result.
More people see your work (or at least know about it), because it is free compared to very expensive subscriptions to scientific journals.
If only my country media spent less time talking about soccer and more about science.....
The title of the post is a copy and paste from the first three and second paragraphs< of the linked academic press release here:
> Analyzing the famous academic aphorism ”publish or perish” through a modern digital lens, a group of emerging ecologists and conservation scientists wanted to see whether communicating their new research discoveries through social media—primarily Twitter—eventually leads to higher citations years down the road.
> Turns out, the tweets are worth the time investment.
> “There’s a compelling signal that citation rates are positively associated with science communication through social media. Certainly, Twitter provides an accessible and efficient platform for scientists to do a majority of that communication,” said Clayton Lamb, a University of Alberta PhD student and lead researcher on a new study out today.
Lamb CT, Gilbert SL, Ford AT. (2018)
Tweet success? Scientific communication correlates with increased citations in Ecology and Conservation.
> Science communication is seen as critical for the disciplines of ecology and conservation, where research products are often used to shape policy and decision making. Scientists are increasing their online media communication, via social media and news. Such media engagement has been thought to influence or predict traditional metrics of scholarship, such as citation rates. Here, we measure the association between citation rates and the Altmetric Attention Score—an indicator of the amount and reach of the attention an article has received—along with other forms of bibliometric performance (year published, journal impact factor, and article type). We found that Attention Score was positively correlated with citation rates. However, in recent years, we detected increasing media exposure did not relate to the equivalent citations as in earlier years; signalling a diminishing return on investment. Citations correlated with journal impact factors up to ∼13, but then plateaued, demonstrating that maximizing citations does not require publishing in the highest-impact journals. We conclude that ecology and conservation researchers can increase exposure of their research through social media engagement and, simultaneously, enhance their performance under traditional measures of scholarly activity.
And they are currently testing if this works for Reddit too.
Or maybe people posted their more interesting research to social media.
Please don’t let science enter this contaminated field.
If we judge science because of the number of retweets it gets, is even worse than judging a work by the number of citations in peer reviewed journals
This is almost an Onion headline.
This seems to imply that current dissemination methods of papers are lacking in some way. Do we need better curation methods for today's world? Groups like IEEE do a good job of publishing lots of research, but they don't really curate the information in a way that is easy to get through day in day out for specific topics.
I mean wasn't that the original internet. Astronomers sharing info?
Whether your message is religious, political, or academic. These projects have always relied on following the current mode of popular media to reach the societal consciousness. Weather it be ancient songs, dances, oral histories, dawn of the printing press and later news letters. Into telegraphs, telephones, and todays internet connected mobile phone computers chasing after the evolving landscape of websites and content.
Would be very ironic if this itself was not tweeted out
Many people hate social media, however, at this point you can’t just ignore it. The amount of people using social media is that high because people see things they like and new things they didn’t know they like. Interesting science research used to be hidden in science magazines, etc now anyone anywhere can see this stuff and learn something new.
scientists found that COMMUNICATING their new research discoveries through social media led to higher citations later, suggesting that citation rates are NEGATIVELY associated with science COMMUNICATION through social media.
does anyone not see the stupidity of this "study?"