What Role Does Social Networking Have in Scholarly Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Social media has the potential to change the overall perception of the inputs and outputs of scholarly research.

By Edward Nawotka

In today’s feature story about the Association of Learned and Professional Scholarly Publishers (ALPSP) conference, one of the “disruptive” factors in scholarly publishing has been the introduction of social networking.

Kaitlin Thaney of Digital Science offered a presentation on the “social” side of digital science — see slide deck here — which includes everything from online discovery, to data capture and organization.

One of the takeaways from the talk is that “scientific contribution has moved beyond just the paper” and “must be noted in the metrics.”


See some of the new outputs in the image on the right.

Social media can change the overall perception of these inputs and outputs.

On balance the change social media has brought to scholarly publishing looks like evolution. But is there a downside? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.