Towards the social media studies of science: social media metrics, present and future

Rodrigo Costas


During the last years a new research topic has rapidly emerged in the field of scientometrics. This new topic, popularly known as altmetrics, was first proposed in the Altmetrics manifesto (Priem et al., 2010). Since its proposal, altmetrics has been a concept of difficult definition (Haustein, Bowman & Costas, 2016), even being considered as “a good idea, but a bad name” (Rousseau & Ye, 2013). Altmetrics have been usually related to new metrics around scholarly objects captured through events recorded in online social media platforms (Haustein et al., 2016). However, the large diversity of sources and metrics that fall within the realm of altmetrics has made it hard to come up with a consensus of what can be considered as altmetrics (Haustein et al., 2016).

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