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Eager to find out what impact blogging and social media could have on the dissemination of her work, Melissa Terras took all of her academic research, including papers that have been available online for years, to the web and found that her audience responded with a huge leap in interest in her work. In October 2011 I began a project to make all of my 26 articles published in refereed journals available via UCL’s Open Access Repository – “Discovery “. I decided that as well as putting them in the institutional repository, I would write a blog post about each research project, and tweet the papers for download. Would this affect how much my research was read, known, discussed, distributed? I wrote about the stories behind the research papers – the stuff that doesn’t make it into the official writeup.
Advertisement: Preregister now for the Medicine 2.0 Congress Editorial Can Tweets Predict Citations? Metrics of Social Impact Based on Twitter and Correlation with Traditional Metrics of Scientific Impact Gunther Eysenbach 1, 2, 3 , MD, MPH, FACMI 1 University Health Network, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation & Techna Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada 2 Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada 3 JMIR Publications Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada
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