RB posts are the “transition phase” between the citation in formal communication and the free-form writing of blogs“Blog citation” – journal referenced in a blog post in our sample
My favorite tweet about our research. Summarizes most of our first research in less than 140 characters
As you can see, this post belongs to several disciplines in our study, and therefore was considered both in the computer science/engineering category and in the ecology/conservation category
While there’s definitely an element of promotion in self-citing, it’s also has to do a lot with “My research is awesome, let me tell you all about it!”
Women are underrepresented in science blogging. Only 22% of the blogs are written or co-written by women. These are results from our first sample. Women are even less represented in the self-citers population. We had 45 self citers overall (after we removed duplicates), 39 men and 6 women.
CHARACTERISTICS OF BLOGS,BLOGGERS AND SELF-CITATION IN THE SCIENCE BLOGOSPHERE Hadas Shema, Judit Bar-Ilan and Mike Thelwall CoScI 2012 : Conference on Science and the Internet 2012
Post-Publication Peer Review• Wolfe-Simon et al. (2011). A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus. Science (published online in December 2, 2010)• Extensively criticized in Blogs and Twitter (See “Arsenic Bacteria link-dump,” Blog Around the Clock). #arseniclife• 8 comments eventually published by Science on May 27, 2011• Article mentioned in about 1,330 blog posts (Google Blog Search, July 2012, for exact title)
Detective Work• A “Citation Cartel” discovered by blogger Phil Davis from the Scholarly Kitchen (“The emergence of a Citation Cartel,” Davis, P. 2012, Apr 10).• Review articles written to increase journals’ impact factors and published in other journals.• Three out of the four offenders were suspended from the JCR (“Citation cartel journals denied 2011 Impact Factor,” Davis, P. 2012, June 29).• Two articles retracted due to citation manipulation (“A first? Papers retracted for citation manipulation,” Oransky, I. ,2012 July 5)
ResearchBlogging.Org• Aggregates blog posts citing peer-reviewed research.• “ResearchBlogging.org allows readers to easily find blog posts about serious peer-reviewed research, instead of just news reports and press releases.”
Second Sample• Four RB categories• Computer Science/Engineering,• Ecology/Conservation,• Philosophy• Mathematics• Only blogs and posts with known authors
Quotes from self-citing bloggers“I am a coauthor on a new paper in PLoS ComputationalBiology I thought I would promote here.” Jonathan Eisen,Tree of Life“What did my work show? Deep-sea nematodes have acomplex evolutionary history…” Holly Bik, Deep Sea New“Yay! First paper of my postdoc is out in the August 2011issue of Global Change Biology! Woohoo! So, what have Ibeen doing for the past few years of my life? In briefsummary: Kelp. Food webs. Climate change. A potentcombination.” Jeremy Yoder, Im a chordata! urochordata!