Using social media to map scholarly literatures

At a time when there are more than 28,100 active scholarly peer-reviewed journals publishing around 1.8-1.9 million articles per year, finding ways to navigate scholarly literatures are more important than ever. This is one of the most exciting ways in which social media can be used to directly enhance scholarly practice.

There are many forms this can take, from the indirect (e.g. writing accessible blog posts which someone else uses as a guide to a literature) to the direct (e.g. tweeting about what you think are the most important papers on a given topic). But perhaps the most useful is sharing comprehensive reading lists.

Here’s a wonderful example of what this could look like, produced by members of the Social Media Collective at Microsoft:

2 thoughts on “Using social media to map scholarly literatures

  1. Hi, there’s a more recent version of the STM overview of scientific and scholarly journal publishing report referenced in first line – March 2015 – and updated figures from Ulrich’s Web Directory can be found on p27: were about 28,100 active scholarly peer-reviewed English-language journals in 2014, collectively publishing approaching 2.5 million articles a year. 34,585 journals if non-English-language journals included.

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