The role of Twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication

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Emily Darling
David Shiffman
Isabelle Cȏté
Joshua Drew

Abstract

Twitter is a micro-blogging social media platform for short messages that can have a long-term impact on how scientists create and publish ideas.  We investigate the usefulness of Twitter in the development and distribution of scientific knowledge.  At the start of the 'life cycle' of a scientific publication, Twitter provides a large virtual department of colleagues that can help to rapidly generate, share and refine new ideas. As ideas become manuscripts, Twitter can be used as an informal arena for the pre-review of works in progress. Finally, tweeting published findings can communicate research to a broad audience of other researchers, decision makers, journalists and the general public that can amplify the scientific and social impact of publications. However, there are limitations, largely surrounding issues of intellectual property and ownership, inclusiveness and misrepresentations of science ‘sound bites’. Nevertheless, we believe Twitter is a useful social media tool that can provide a valuable contribution to scientific publishing in the 21st century.

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Future of Publishing
Author Biographies

Emily Darling, <p>Earth to Ocean Research Group</p><p>Department of Biological Sciences</p><p>Simon Fraser University</p>

completed PhD in 2012, currently postdoc

David Shiffman, <p>Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, University of Miami</p><p>RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program, University of Miami</p>

PhD candidate

Isabelle Cȏté, <p>Earth to Ocean Research Group</p><p>Department of Biological Sciences</p><p>Simon Fraser University</p>

Professor

Joshua Drew, <p>Deaprtment of Ecology Evolution and Environmental Biology</p><p>Columbia University, New York NY</p>

Assistant professor