Faculty and Staff Biography

Timothy D. Bowman
Timothy D. Bowman
Assistant Professor
300.03 Kresge Library
888-497-8754 ext. 702
Fax 313-577-7563

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Timothy D. Bowman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences. Prior to joining the SIS faculty, Timothy completed a one year postdoctoral position at the Research Unit for the Sociology of Education (RUSE) at the University of Turku, Finland where he conducted research on open science, scholarly communication, and altmetrics. Before this he worked as a research professional at the Universitè de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada investigating scholarly communication, bibliometrics, citation analysis, and altmetrics. While completing his Ph.D. at Indiana University, Bloomington, Timothy taught multiple graduate level courses as an adjunct faculty member and participated in various NSF and NEH funded grant projects in the fields of Digital Humanities and Scholarly Communication. His area of research interest includes applying social, psychological, linguistic, and philosophical theories and methods to the study of scholarly communication, altmetrics, open science, the academic reward system, and the presentation of self in online environments. Timothy enjoys teaching both technical and theoretical courses and applying the lessons he learned while working outside of academia to prepare his students to succeed after obtaining their degree.

Degrees and certifications

  • Ph.D., Information Science, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington (2015).
  • M.I.S., School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington (2001).
  • B.S., Psychology (Neuropsychology), Indiana State University, Terre Haute (1999).

Recent publications

  • Bowman, T.D, Bowman, S., & Holmberg, K. (in process). #creatorGate: Impact, Open Access, Peer Review, and Altmetrics.
  • Didegah, F., Bowman, T.D., & Holmberg, K. (in process). Internationality in Finnish Research: An Examination of Collaborators, Citers, Tweeters, and Readers.
  • Desrochers, N., Paul-Hus, A., Haustein, S., Costas, R., Quan-Haase, A, Bowman, T.D., Pecoskie, J., Tsou, A., & Larivière, V. (under review). Authorship, inventorship, citations, acknowledgments, and social media: Symbolic capital in the multifaceted reward system of science. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.
  • Didegah, F., Bowman, T.D., & Holmberg, K. (under review). On the differences between citations and altmetrics: An investigation of factors driving altmetrics vs. citations. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.
  • Tsou, A., Bowman, T.D., Sugimoto, T., Lariviere, V., & Sugimoto, C. (2016). Self-presentation in scholarly profiles: Characteristics of images and perceptions of professionalism and attractiveness on academic social networking sites. First Monday, 21(4). doi:10.5210/fm.v21i4.6381 
  • Haustein, S., Bowman, T.D., Holmberg, K., Tsou, A., Sugimoto, C.R., & Larivière, V. (2016). 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. [link]
  • Holmberg, Didegah, F., Bowman, S., Bowman, T.D., & Kortelainen, T. (2015). Measuring the societal impact of open science – Presentation of a research project. Informaatiotutkimus, 34(4). [link]
  • Bowman, T.D. (2015). Differences in personal and professional tweets of scholars. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 67(3), pp. 356-371. doi: 10.1108/AJIM-12-2014-0180. [link]
  • Hu, B., Dong, X., Zhang, C., Bowman, T.D., Ding, Y., Yan, E., Milojević, S., & Sugimoto, C. (2015). Lead-Lag topic evolution analysis: Preprints vs. papers. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/asi.23347 [link]
  •  Sugimoto, C.R., Hank, C., Bowman, T.D., & Pomerantz, J. (2015). Friend or faculty: Social networking sites, dual relationships, and context collapse in higher education. First Monday, [S.l.]. doi: 10.5210/fm.v20i3.5387. [link] 

Awards and honors

  •  2015. Outstanding Poster Award, 15th International Conference on Scientometrics & Informetrics, Istanbul, Turkey.

Academic interests

  • Altmetrics
  • Sociology
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Open Science
  • Digital Humanities
  • Social Informatics

Areas of expertise

Research project

Tim Bowman co-authored a paper accepted to Scientometrics Journal titled “Measuring Social Media Activity of Scientific Literature: An Exhaustive Comparison of Scopus and Novel Altmetrics Big Data”. He also co-authored a paper submitted to Behaviour & Information Technology titled “Investigating the Impact of Online Tech Articles by Deploying Social Usage Indicators and Semantics”. He presented a paper entitled "iCanHazPDF:Tweets requesting publications behind the paywall.” at 4AM Altmetrics Conference in Toronto in September.