About me

I am an associate professor at the University of Ottawa’s School of Information Studies, where I teach research methods and evaluation, knowledge organization, information visualization, social network analysis and information literacy. My research focuses on scholarly communication, bibliometrics, open science and altmetrics. I am currently working on the Meaningful Data Counts project, which analyzes how research data is reused and cited, and metrics literacies, an integrated set of competencies, dispositions and knowledge that empowers individuals to recognize, interpret, critically assess and effectively and ethically use scholarly metrics.

I co-direct the ScholCommLab, a research group based in Ottawa and Vancouver that analyzes all aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age.

I am also an associate member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST) and an affiliated researcher at the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies (OST), Université du Québec à Montréal, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP), University of Ottawa, and the Centre for Journalology, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI).

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.


I am on the Editorial Board of Quantitative Science Studies, Scientometrics and Frontiers Scholarly Metrics and Analytics

From 2017 to 2019 I served on the Editorial Board of Journal of Informetrics, but resigned together with the entire board to found the new QSS. You can read about the resignation here and here.

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

Current Teaching

ISI5302: Knowledge Organization

Fall 2019, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa


ISI6300A: Information Visualization

Fall 2019, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa


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Contact me


University of Ottawa

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