In this small work, we collected and processed the impact indicators, both traditional (citations) and alternative (altmetrics), of each paper of four conferences. The conferences were the pairs of the ECDL/JCDL for the digital libraries domain and the SIGIR/ECIR for the information retrieval domain. We examined 3,681 papers from these four conferences, from 2004-2014, gathering metrics from Scopus for citations and from Facebook, Twitter, Mendeley, Connotea, CiteULike and blog posts for social media, with the help of Webometric Analyst 2.0.
Although the academic community uses social media to discuss scholarly works in conferences (as exhibited by other studies or anecdotal evidence), with our study we concluded that they do not use them to discuss the published outcomes (as recorded by a DOI), but their presentations. This raises an issue of what kind of manifestation can be recorded and analyzed. There are several statistics about the growth and the behavior of each conference, but it is important to note that there were medium level correlations between the conference venue and citations, which indicates a tendency to get cited in particular venues. However, we found no correlation between traditional and alternative metrics. Again, it can be inferred that social media use in the conferences is happening in situ, which means that it practically ignores key identifiers, such as DOI that are used for the published works.
Unfortunately, the study is only in Greek and it was presented in the 23rd Panhellenic Academic Libraries Conference “Academic Libraries: A roadmap to sustainability” in 15-16 November 2017 at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece by Akrivi Athanasopoulou (also co-authored by Angeliki Giannopoulou and me).