Visual Expressions of Chronic Pain on Social Media

If chronic pain is so difficult to communicate in language, what understanding might we gain from using methods that are not focused primarily on words? The Communicating Chronic Pain project examined non-textual modes of expressing chronic pain, looking at what visual, aural, tactile and other materials might offer for understanding the experience … [Read more...]

BiM increase dissemination of research articles!

We did an experiment on you. Well, it wasn't really on you. Although it did involve you. Anyway, here it is: Some time ago, we did an experiment to see if all this work we are putting in at BiM actually has an effect on dissemination of the research we are bringing to you all.  Our intent was to try to measure what is widely accepted as fact - that … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]