About me

I am an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Information Studies, where I teach research methods and evaluation, social network analysis and knowledge organization. My research focuses on scholarly communication, bibliometrics, altmetrics and open science and analyzes the role of social media in academia.


I co-direct the #ScholCommLab, a research group that analyzes all aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, together with Juan Pablo Alperin at Simon Frasier University in Vancouver, Canada.


I am also an associate member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST) and an affiliated researcher of the Canada Research Chair on the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, Université de Montréal and the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST), Université du Québec à Montréal.


I hold a Master’s degree in history, American linguistics and literature and information science and a PhD in information science from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany and completed postdoctoral work at École de bibliométrie et des sciences de l’information (EBSI) at Université de Montréal. I have worked as a research analyst at Science-Metrix, Canada and Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany.

Selected Publications

Haustein, S. (in press). Scholarly Twitter metrics. In W. Glänzel, H. Moed, U. Schmoch, & M. Thelwall (Eds.), Handbook of Quantitative Science and Technology Research. Springer.


Alperin, J.P., Gomez, C.J., & Haustein, S. (2018). Identifying diffusion patterns of research articles on Twitter: A case study of online engagement with open access articlesPublic Understanding of Science, 1-17.


Piwowar, H., Priem, J., Larivière, V., Alperin, J.P., Matthias, L., Norlander, B., Farley, A., West, J., & Haustein, S. (2018). The state of OA: a large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articlesPeerJ6, e4375. 


Sugimoto, C. R., Work, S., Larivière, V., & Haustein, S. (2017). Scholarly use of social media and altmetrics: A review of the literatureJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(9), 2037-2062.


Haustein, S., (2016). Grand challenges in altmetrics: heterogeneity, data quality and dependencies. Scientometrics, 108(1), 413-423.

Haustein, S., Bowman, T. D., & Costas, R. (2016). Interpreting “altmetrics”: viewing acts on social media through the lens of citation and social theories. In C. R. Sugimoto (Ed.), Theories of Informetrics and Scholarly Communication (pp. 372-405). Berlin: De Grutyer Mouton.


Larivière, V., Haustein, S., & Mongeon, P. (2015). The oligopoly of academic publishers in the digital era. PLoS ONE, 10(6), e0127502.


Haustein, S., Bowman, T. D., Holmberg, K., Tsou, A., Sugimoto, C. R., & Larivière, V. (2015). Tweets as impact indicators: Examining the implications of automated bot accounts on Twitter. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 67(1), 232-238.


Haustein, S., Peters, I., Sugimoto, C. R., Thelwall, M., & Larivière, V. (2014). Tweeting biomedicine: an analysis of tweets and citations in the biomedical literature. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 65(4), 656–669.

Selected Press

The Web Will Either Kill Science Journals or Save Them



Twitter buzz about papers does not mean citations later



Academic Journals: The Most Profitable Obsolete Technology in History


The Huffington Post

Tweeting Scientists Find Penile Fracture And Sperm Bags Of Squid Just As Funny As Everyone Else Does



More Tweets Don’t Add Up to More Citations, Study Finds



Un oligopole dans l’édition de revues scientifiques


L’heure du monde, Radio-Canada

Academic publishers reap huge profits as libraries go broke


CBC News
Scientific Societies

I am a member of ASIS&T, the Association for Information Science & Technology and ACFAS, Association francophone pour le savoir.

I have co-chaired SIG/MET, the ASIS&T special interest group for the measurement of information production and use from 2015 to 2017.

I have co-chaired the NISO Altmetrics Initiative Working Group C on altmetrics data quality from 2015 to 2016.

Academic Awards

SIG of the Year 2016 as Chair of the Special Interest Group for the Measurement of Information Production and Use (SIG/MET) awarded by the ASIS&T.

Best Altmetrics Paper Award, awarded by Altmetric and figshare, SIG/MET Workshop 2015, St. Louis (USA).

Best paper award 2016, 2nd prize, awarded at the 9th National Scientometrics and Scientific Evaluation Forum 2016, Wuhan, China.

Best Poster Award, 11th International Science & Technology Indicators Conference 2010, Leiden (the Netherlands).

Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship 2011, International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics.

Peer Review

I review for JASIS&T, Scientometrics, Journal of Informetrics, Aslib Journal of Information Management and PLoS ONE as well as American Behavioral Scientists, British Journal of Management, Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, Communications of the ACM, Digital Health, F1000Research, Information Research, Learned Publishing, Library & Information Science Research, PeerJ, Research Evaluation, RT. A Journal on Research Policy and Evaluation, and Sage OPEN.


Together with Cassidy R. Sugimoto and Vincent Larivière I guest-edited a special issue on ‘Social Media in Scholarly Communication in Aslib Journal of Information Management.


SSHRC Insight Grant, 2016–2019, CA $217,401
Understanding the Societal Impact of Research Through Social Media

Co-principal investigator, with PI Juan Pablo Alperin and Co-PIs Vincent Larivière, Florence Millerand and Katherine Reilly

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 2014–2017, US $359,991
To support greater understanding of social media in scholarly communication and the actual meaning of various altmetrics

Co-principal investigator, with PI Vincent Larivière and Co-PI Cassidy R. Sugimoto


Altmetrics: Social Media in der wissenschaftlichen Kommunikation und Evaluation

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Department of Information Science

Summer 2015

[Advanced course “Altmetrics: Social Media in scholarly communication and evaluation“]

Soziale Netzwerkanalyse

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Department of Information Science

Summer 2013

[Advanced course “Social network analysis“]

Empirische Informationswissenschaft

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Department of Information Science

Summer 2012

[Basic course “Empirical information science“]

Tutorium zur Vorlesung “Empirische Informationswissenschaft”

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Department of Information Science

Fall 2010

[Tutorial to the lecture “Empirical information science“]

Empirische Informationswissenschaft: Netzwerkanalyse

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Department of Information Science

Summer 2010

[Basic course “Empirical information science: social network analysis“]

Empirische Informationswissenschaft

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Department of Information Science

Summer 2009, taught together with Miloš Jovanović

[Basic course “Empirical information science“]

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Contact me


University of Ottawa

Desmarais Building, Room 11102, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5 Canada