Measuring impact of research using social media and conventional terms – a dog’s breakfast?

A little while ago we ran an experiment looking at social media and whether it has any influence on people reading original research papers[1] (Lorimer is going to talk more about the actual experiment in the next blog).  While we were in the process of considering our results I was surprised by the fact that there were no clear definitions of … [Read more...]

It hurts. It’s in my genes.

“Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease." - William Osler On the Educational Value of the Medical Society, In Aequanimitas, p.331 As we know there have been any number of chronic pain … [Read more...]

Today is an auspicious day

This is an auspicious day. On this day in 2009 BiM published its first blog post. We have come a long way since a conversation a bit over three years ago when Heidi persuaded Lorimer to try blogging as a new way to help overcome the divide between scientist and clinician. Now we have about 3,800 visits to the site EVERY week from all over the … [Read more...]

Can tweets predict citations?

A recent article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)[1] looked at whether it is feasible to measure social impact of, and public attention to, newly published research articles by analysing buzz in social media - specifically twitter. It also asked whether these metrics are sensitive and specific enough to predict highly cited … [Read more...]

Good for the goose, good for the gander. Heidi Allen talks about BiM.

So, we have spent the last weeks introducing you to the BiM team at UniSA in Adelaide and Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney.  Well, I got my own back and grabbed Heidi's phone and asked her a few questions. Here she is: httpvh:// … [Read more...]

To tweet or not tweet unpublished data

is a question that came up after a recent seminar where unpublished research was being presented.  It's the sort of thing that makes researchers turn pale and sweat - unpublished data has to stay unpublished for research papers to be accepted by journals like Pain, yet with smart phones like the iPhone it's very easy to share pictures of slides … [Read more...]

Missing in Action? How are Pain Journals using Social Media?

To tweet or not to tweet, that is the question. Nature journal recently put out "Peer review: Trial by Twitter: Blogs and tweets are ripping papers apart within days of publication, leaving researchers unsure how to react". The fact remains, however, that the application of evidence based medicine to clinical practice means we need to keep up to … [Read more...]