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Social Media and Academic Publishing

Social Media and Academic Publishing
Inger Mewburn Pat Thomson

Introduction

Over the last twenty years the academic publishing landscape has shifted, perhaps irrevocably, to become more diverse and open. There has been a quiet revolution in the publishing options available to academic researchers. We have seen the disruption of mainstream media formats and empires along with the rise of social media where people can share, remix and consume content through global networks. Universities are being encouraged by government policies to encourage researchers to have ‘impact’ outside the academy and the growth of so-called ‘alt metrics’ offers these institutions new ways to measure the work done by academics outside of the conventional peer reviewed ...

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