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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

'Tweetation' Counts? The Role of Tweets in Law Faculty Rankings

Twitter logoChronicle of Higher Education, Twitter's Value as Measure of Scientific Impact Encounters New Doubt:

Evaluating scientists by their journal-citation counts is a much-despised shorthand at many universities. And so, when a study came out two years ago suggesting Twitter mentions as a supplement or even an alternative to citation counts, it got a fair bit of attention [Can Tweets Predict Citations? Metrics of Social Impact Based on Twitter and Correlation with Traditional Metrics of Scientific Impact].

Now, according to a much more exhaustive analysis of the question, it appears that any correlation between tweets and citations was greatly overstated [Tweeting Biomedicine: An Analysis of Tweets and Citations in the Biomedical Literature]

Inside Higher Ed, In Science Papers, Tweets Don't Equal Citations:

A new study led by a University of Montreal researcher has found that the most Tweeted peer reviewed articles are not those that earn the most citations, a traditional measure of an article's scholarly influence.

For more on the existing measures of faculty scholarly performance (reputation surveys, productivity counts, citation counts, and download counts), see:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2013/12/the-role-of.html

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Comments

Unless your law review articles are 140 characters or less, people who read and send tweets are not the same people that read law review articles.

Posted by: Bob Loblaw | Dec 10, 2013 7:46:03 PM

By this standard, Beyonce should be teaching at Harvard, if not the Dean (see the previous article).

Posted by: michael livingston | Dec 11, 2013 2:17:25 AM