Research stories on Twitter


  • David G. Lorentzen
  • Gustaf Nelhans



Twitter, Open Alex, topics, open access


This paper aims to study what type of research seems to interest the users of a social network platform and then complement the data with data from an open catalogue for research, exemplifying with Twitter and Open Alex. The basic idea is to get an overview of the stories the platform content tells during three months regarding topics, disciplines, and open access status. The findings suggest that the picture look very different between the approaches to map the topics, especially when looking at the articles most mentioned compared to the ones that are most retweeted. The study mainly highlights the methodological opportunities of combining text analysis and link relationships to explore the content and public interest in academic research.