Social networking and scientific communication: A paradoxical return to Mertonian roots?
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2013
© 2013 ASIS&T
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume 64, Issue 3, pages 644–646, March 2013
How to Cite
Hogan, N. M. and Sweeney, K. J. (2013), Social networking and scientific communication: A paradoxical return to Mertonian roots?. J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci., 64: 644–646. doi: 10.1002/asi.22842
- Issue published online: 20 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 30 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 21 MAY 2012
- scholarly publishing;
- computer mediated communications;
- scholarly communication
Although modes of interaction between the two continue to evolve, society and science are inextricably linked. Preserving the integrity of science, and by extension society, in the era of Twitter and Facebook represents a significant challenge. The concept of open communication in science is not a new one. Sociologist and scientific historian Robert Merton elegantly chronicled the qualities, or “norms” of science as Communism, Universalism, Disinterestedness, and Organized Scepticism, referred to by the acronym “CUDOS.” Is social networking providing us with more efficient ways of upholding deep-rooted principles, or are we at risk of compromising the integrity of science by bypassing traditional gatekeepers?