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In terms of media and communication history, we are arguably in the midst of a social media paradigm. Well-known platforms like Twitter and Facebook have gone from being viewed as mere sites of teenage distraction to becoming embedded ICT infrastructure in mainstream organisations across the society, culture, and economy; such platforms, their uses, and their politics are increasingly entangled with everyday life, work, and relationships. For the past decade there has been a burgeoning interest in social media. This highly international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in this field via substantial chapters specially commissioned from leading scholars coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives centered on but extending beyond the social sciences and humanities. Part One: Histories and Pre-Histories ...

Scholarly Communication in Social Media
Scholarly communication in social media
Katrin Weller Isabella Peters
Introduction

Lately, blogs have been increasingly used by researchers as tools to reflect upon their latest readings or other everyday workflows, and Maitzen (2012) concludes that academic blogging is a ‘forum for developing and testing ideas'. Similarly, Twitter is used by many researchers for live reporting of academic conferences and networking (e.g., Weller, Dröge & Puschmann, 2011) or sharing links to scholarly publications (Eysenbach, 2011). In some disciplines, researchers’ activities on social media platforms have covered up to 97% of the relevant scholarly literature, which means that in those cases more articles can be found in the social reference manager Mendeley than in the ...

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