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In his editorial in the latest issue of IBIS, our Editor-in-Chief, Paul Donald, highlights some significant developments in journal publishing and ornithology, and how we are addressing the challenges these present. These include:
  • changing journal metrics (see also two items below)
  • open access and the challenges for small society journals
  • what readers told us in our recent journal survey
  • the increasing use of social media within ornithology (see also two items below)
  • the benefits of blogging about your research with the BOU (see also item below)
  • our investment in early-career researchers

Please read Paul's editorial in full to learn more about these important topics.

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Twitter, metrics and citation rates

A recent paper, Twitter predicts citation rates for ecological research, looked at the relationship between traditional metrics of research impact (e.g., number of citations) and alternative metrics (altmetrics). The latter measure the online attention of a research article including on social media platforms such as Twitter. Brandon Peoples and his co-authors found a strong positive relationship between Twitter activity and number of citations, and that Twitter activity was a more important predictor of citation rates than the familiar 5-year journal impact factor.

The paper also found that the highest-impact journals were not necessarily the most discussed online. Papers published in higher impact journals can become heavily cited but papers published in journals with a lower impact factor can generate considerable Twitter activity and also become heavily cited due to this attention.

The authors suggest that researchers may benefit from establishing a strong social media presence, but should not rely on social media alone do drive their paper's cites.

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Twitter predicts citation rates for ecological research.
Peoples, B.K., Midway, S.R., Sackett, D., Lynch, A. & Cooney, P.B. 2016. PLoSONE. doi:
The BOU's Steve Dudley and RSPB's Jen Smart presented a poster at NAOC2016 on the use of social media in ornithology. The poster, taken from their IBIS Viewpoint article of the same title, looks at the increase in social media use in ornithology and how activities such as using Twitter and blogging to promote your research, contribute to a research paper's Altmetric Attention Score.

>> View the poster and paper.

From avian tracking to population processes 

Warwick, 28 - 30 Mar 2017


Still accepting poster abstracts - on any topic.

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We publish new blog posts most Mondays. Here are some of our recent posts illustrating the diversity of topics in #theBOUblog.

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Let's 'chat' about habitat
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Drab females are warm mothers
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Nest predation in hybrid quails
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Twitter masterclass 12 - best practices
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Do genes and phenotype tell the same story?
Natalie Garcia

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