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Career development tips for today's nursing academic: bibliometrics, altmetrics and social media

Smith, Derek R.; Watson, Roger


Derek R. Smith


© 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd Aims: A discussion of bibliometrics, altmetrics and social media for the contemporary nursing scholar and academic researcher. Background: Today's nursing academic faces myriad challenges in balancing their daily life and, in recent years, academic survival has been increasingly challenged by the various research assessment exercises that evaluate the performance of knowledge institutions. As such, it is essential that today's nursing academic keep up to date with the core competencies needed for survival in a modern research career, particularly the intersecting triad of bibliometrics, altmetrics and social media. Design: Discussion paper. Data sources: Published literature and relevant websites. Implications for nursing: The rise of social media and altmetrics has important implications for contemporary nursing scholars who publish their research. Some fundamental questions when choosing a journal might be ‘does it have a Twitter and/or Facebook site, or a blog (or all three)’; and ‘does it have any other presence on social media, such as LinkedIn, Wikipedia, YouTube, ResearchGate and so on?’ Another consequence of embracing social media is that individual academics should also develop their own strategies for promoting and disseminating their work as widely as possible. Conclusion: The rising importance of social media and altmetrics can no longer be ignored, and today's nursing academic now has another facet to consider in their scholarly activities. Despite the changing nature of research dissemination, however, it is still important to recognize the undoubted value of established knowledge dissemination routes (that being the peer-reviewed publication).

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-11
Journal Journal of advanced nursing
Print ISSN 0309-2402
Electronic ISSN 1365-2648
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 72
Issue 11
Pages 2654-2661
APA6 Citation Smith, D. R., & Watson, R. (2016). Career development tips for today's nursing academic: bibliometrics, altmetrics and social media. Journal of advanced nursing, 72(11), 2654-2661.
Keywords Nursing; Publishing; Bibliometrics; Altmetrics; Social media; Impact factors; H-index; Citations; Core journals; Research
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Journal of advanced nursing, 2016, v.72, issue 11.


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