Studying Scientific Discourse on
the Web using Bibliometrics:
A Chemistry Blogging Case-Study




                   Paul G...
Science Studies Methods
The Rathenau Instituut focuses on the influence of science and technology on our daily lives
and ma...
Scientific Discourse on
     the Web is....
...more immediate

                  250




                  200
Number of Posts




                  150




         ...
...contextually relevant




                           Pajek
...focuses on high-quality




75%
e.g. Nature, Science
Annual Review of Biochemistry
...focuses on the
implications of science
burning     drug           raman
                                                                 world miracle
          ...
origins of life /
                                                                                                        ...
artemether                                                      fight                          flu                        ...
adamantane film                                laugh
                                     graphene                        ...
fight                          flu                            oxide
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                       two-                         ...
artemether                                                      fight                          flu                        ...
Scientific Discourse on
        the Web
1. is more immediate than traditional
   academic literature.
2. is more contextual...
The End
Thanks to
            Seed Media LLC




• contact: pgroth@few.vu.nl
• follow: @pgroth
• read: http://www.sms-proj...
Studying Scientific Discourse on the Web using Bibliometrics:
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Scientific discourse occurs both in the academic literature and, increasingly, on the Web. What is discussed in the literature influences what is discussed on the web, and the reverse. However, the study of this discourse has largely been isolated based on medium either using bibliometrics for academic literature or webometrics for Web-based communication. In this work, the science blog aggregator Researchblogging.org is used to enable the study of scientific discourse on the Web using bibliometric techniques, in particular, keyword and citation similarity maps. The study focuses on a set of 295 chemistry blog posts about peer-reviewed research. Based on bibliometric maps, we provide evidence that scientific discourse on the Web is more immediate, contextually relevant and has a larger non-technical focus than the academic literature.

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  • science systems assessment - goal understand science (scientometrics)
    a lot of science is happening on the web
    scientomertics has used in the past publication records (lots of good tools: such as coword mapping, citation analysis and keyword similarity maps)
  • Research Blogging aggregator
  • Dataset: 295 chemistry blogs and the publications they referenced
  • important to thomas- provides some quality guarantees
    talk about study

    Contain at least one post meeting our guidelines and at least five total posts.
    • Have been updated within the past six months.
    •Be well-maintained by the blogger (e.g. relatively free
    from spam comments, bad code, etc.).
    Include original work by the blogger and link or cite
    materials taken from other sources. •

  • citation lag - 4 10 years after publication
  • Keyword similarity map of publications referenced in blog posts - size of node equals hit
    keywords are assigned by author color shows age
    3 years and diminish after 10
    1989-earliest start date (1952)
  • appear in high-quality journals
    scopus journal rankings
    20 chemistry journals or higher.
    21% of the papers appear in the top 60 publications o

  • Publication title coword map of publications referenced by blog posts.
    color indicates degree centrality / like colors indicate same degree
  • coherence in subjects

  • coword map of blog titles
    bigger nodes mean more occurances
    interesting to note that they are talking about the same subjects
  • coword map of blog titles
    bigger nodes mean more occurances
    interesting to note that they are talking about the same subjects
  • coword map of blog titles
    bigger nodes mean more occurances
    interesting to note that they are talking about the same subjects
  • coword map of blog titles
    bigger nodes mean more occurances
    interesting to note that they are talking about the same subjects
  • coword map of blog titles
    bigger nodes mean more occurances
    interesting to note that they are talking about the same subjects
  • coword map of blog titles
    bigger nodes mean more occurances
    interesting to note that they are talking about the same subjects
  • coword map of blog titles
    bigger nodes mean more occurances
    interesting to note that they are talking about the same subjects
  • coword map of blog titles
    bigger nodes mean more occurances
    interesting to note that they are talking about the same subjects
  • coword map of blog titles
    bigger nodes mean more occurances
    interesting to note that they are talking about the same subjects


  • Studying Scientific Discourse on the Web using Bibliometrics:

    1. 1. Studying Scientific Discourse on the Web using Bibliometrics: A Chemistry Blogging Case-Study Paul Groth twitter: @pgroth Thomas Gurney
    2. 2. Science Studies Methods The Rathenau Instituut focuses on the influence of science and technology on our daily lives and maps its dynamics; through independent research and debate. •Interviews Science System Assessment •Surveys •Observations The development of transdisciplinary •Bibliometrics learning science: promise or practice? •Webometrics Science System Assessment Regenerative Medicine: an Emerging Research Field Femke Merkx, Reinout van Koten, Thomas Gurney, Peter van den Besselaar Anna van Saksenlaan 5 2593 HW Den Haag Postbus 95366 2509 CJ Den Haag Peter van den Besselaar and Thomas Gurney T 070 342 1542 F 070 363 3488 E info@rathenau.nl I www.rathenau.nl
    3. 3. Scientific Discourse on the Web is....
    4. 4. ...more immediate 250 200 Number of Posts 150 100 50 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Difference in Age Between Post & Publication (Years)
    5. 5. ...contextually relevant Pajek
    6. 6. ...focuses on high-quality 75% e.g. Nature, Science Annual Review of Biochemistry
    7. 7. ...focuses on the implications of science
    8. 8. burning drug raman world miracle nucleic hydrothermal crick washington amino main panel discoveries scattering prebiotic british group earliest atmosphere acid rna searchcold system- relevance biological sleep possible invasion model elsewhere naturetoward photochemical discussing social cosmochemistry mayonnaise approach working molecul cluetheories environment comet life-cycle early chirality scenario discussion evolution during view medicine cell itself earth implication conferencerole origin supplement cycle cellular hypotheses context look near analytical-chemistry consideration homochirality problem later bibliography studies raw-material special perspective chemicalresearch prospect issue bo planet mar life histories development laboratories scientist looking kuppersstage meaning international current future trend somequalities scientific chemistriesstatu microbiology program changed organic-chemistry distribution adult past sustainable germanhuman applies education technology clinical faculty art replyyear organometallic future-development aspect state terrestrial electroorganic engineering medicinal soil biology course physico direction clinical-chemistry food radiation green ourchallenged teachers combinatorial atmospheric testing organic quantum system solar systhesis vapor water precipitable metal proficiency matter molecular measurement dot shade leaf sun wind based photometer column airborne h2o center fire complex relation cn cr salt anion dicyanamide fe ni radical c-60 au effect cation ca cluster structure nitroprusside pph crystal photochromic aerosol pg genetic gold optical vol code nanoparticle transfer block mycobacteria prize energies building tuberculosis nobel consolidation small pph4 formation memories molecule vocl4 peptide Pajek
    9. 9. origins of life / burning chemistry world miracle nucleic hydrothermal washington drug raman crick amino main panel discoveries scattering prebiotic british group earliest atmosphere acid rna searchcold system- relevance biological sleep possible invasion model elsewhere naturetoward photochemical discussing social cosmochemistry mayonnaise approach working molecul cluetheories environment comet life-cycle early chirality scenario discussion evolution during view medicine cell itself earth implication conferencerole origin supplement cycle cellular hypotheses context look near analytical-chemistry consideration homochirality problem later bibliography studies raw-material special perspective chemicalresearch prospect issue bo planet mar life histories development laboratories scientist looking kuppersstage meaning international current future trend somequalities scientific chemistriesstatu microbiology program changed organic-chemistry distribution adult past sustainable germanhuman applies education technology clinical faculty art replyyear organometallic future-development aspect state terrestrial electroorganic engineering medicinal soil biology course physico direction clinical-chemistry food radiation green ourchallenged teachers combinatorial atmospheric testing organic quantum future of system solar systhesis vapor water precipitable metal shade measurement proficiency matter dot molecular chemical fields leaf sun wind based photometer column airborne h2o center fire complex relation cn cr salt anion dicyanamide fe ni radical c-60 au water research ca effect cluster cation atmospheric chemistry structure nitroprusside pph crystal photochromic aerosol pg genetic gold optical vol code nanoparticle transfer block mycobacteria prize energies building tuberculosis nobel consolidation small pph4 formation memories molecule vocl4 peptide Pajek
    10. 10. artemether fight flu oxide man-made solar science da two- resistant cell swine living published sheet entities molecule adrenaline binding adamantane film laugh month residue technology system- via graphene you round energies think presents chemical drug medical bio bet ligand hemagglutinin reaction vials few-layer strain discoveries diagnostic beside nanosheets blog neuramidase old mimetic inspirations up metabolism surface orientation life experiment synthetic stabilizing semantic vs flap universe helices biochemical replicator adaptive heat doing protease everything worse race poll report hiv1 journal iodide else woled weekly latest nanoparticle raman quot change foundry sun obo spectroscopy happy determining green water frenking seen climate csi ion tax gernot concentration principal wiki protein cosmic shelved public structure blatant day prion molecul mercury health electronic plagiarism expression carbon amino quantum exchange ethanol view gene nanotube acid dot entertaining swimming exploded liquid bacterial metal storage mostly mirror biofilm heavy hydrogen snow Pajek
    11. 11. adamantane film laugh graphene you gies think drug bet few-layer n discoveries nanosheets blog orientation life experiment semantic universe flap biochemical protease everything journal else rticle change foundry obo determining climate concentration principal
    12. 12. fight flu oxide e two- resistant ublished swine sheet binding adamantane film laugh residue via graphene round energies think chemical drug ligand n reaction vials few-layer strain discoveries nanosheets blo se old orientation experiment etic stabilizing semantic flap u helices biochemical adaptive
    13. 13. artemether fight flu oxide man-made solar science da two- resistant cell swine living published sheet entities molecule adrenaline binding adamantane film laugh month residue technology system- via graphene you round energies think presents chemical drug medical bio bet ligand hemagglutinin reaction vials few-layer strain discoveries diagnostic beside nanosheets blog neuramidase old mimetic inspirations up metabolism surface orientation life experiment synthetic stabilizing semantic vs flap universe helices biochemical replicator adaptive heat doing protease everything worse race poll report hiv1 journal iodide else woled weekly latest nanoparticle raman quot change foundry sun obo spectroscopy happy determining green water frenking seen climate csi ion tax gernot concentration principal wiki protein cosmic shelved public structure blatant day prion molecul mercury health electronic plagiarism expression carbon amino quantum exchange ethanol view gene nanotube acid dot entertaining swimming exploded liquid bacterial metal storage mostly mirror biofilm heavy hydrogen snow Pajek
    14. 14. Scientific Discourse on the Web 1. is more immediate than traditional academic literature. 2. is more contextually relevant than academic literature. 3. focuses on high-quality science. 4. focuses on non-technical implications of science.
    15. 15. The End Thanks to Seed Media LLC • contact: pgroth@few.vu.nl • follow: @pgroth • read: http://www.sms-project.org

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