|Don't Cite a Tweet as a Research Feat
December 9, 2013: Don’t Cite a Tweet as a Research Feat
A Canadian journal (Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology) released a study that shows tweets about scientific research are not equitable to citations from professional journals. Phew!!! Thank goodness, that debate is nipped in the bud. Most research studies can't get a title in under 140 characters, let alone a whole finding or a whole paper. Not surprisingly this has driven me to bad poetry (and even a reference to WVU's interim President, yes, Dr. Gordon Gee.)
The Journal of A. I. S. T.
(bulwark: citation expertise)
Accepts no intent scholarly
From Tweets of research academe
Despite an obvious increase
In broadcasted statements pithy,
Characters one hundred forty
Don’t lend much to sagacity.
Social Media apparently
Doesn’t solicit gravity
With science’s discovery
And its value to all degrees.
“Google Effects on Memory;”
“Teenage Cases of Flared Acne;”
One cannot proclaim exactly:
“Journal of Cell Biology.”
All around the world, PHD’s
Crumbled to their unsteady knees,
Cursing all the powers that be:
Tenure granting authorities.
The backbone of credulity,
Makes impact elementary:
Nine hits for you, twenty for me.
Until some President (Dr. Gee?)
With nothing to lose so decrees
The Tweet can be C.V. worthy
No advancement can come from these.
When it comes to Twitter Hashtags,
They are seen as Journal TrashMags.