Yes if it's "accessible" ... "We mostly just read academic research output although from time to time we will reach out to research academics to ask them questions about some of their observations. There are few people we have a longstanding relationship with but for the most case it is as and when."
This looks at a piece of historical research (using historical analyses of pamphlets on tea) to see whether impact could be measured through twitter. As the author notes - impact requires reach and significance - in twitter you could have reach alone.
Thoughtful blogpost from the Disorder of Things on open access.
Antonia Layard's insight:
If article processing charges are in the order of £500-£5,000 per published article (the Wellcome Trust figure, used by the Report for its calculations, was £1,450) then SURELY academics will set up cooperative, perhaps University run journals. It will be interesting to see whether there also changes to intra-institution peer review. If a School or College has to pay for an article published, will it be widely read to see whether it's 'worth it' first?
Why do we support research? What is the role of impact? A call for academics to think about these questions: " As individuals and as institutions we need to articulate a mission that reflects and is informed by those values. And when we define that mission we need to identify the right data and information to help us understand how we are performing against that mission and to make strategic decisions on how we distribute resources ... The acceptance of the idea that there is some sort of scala naturae with Harvard at the top and someone else at the bottom means outsourcing our values and our mission."
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