Dr. Tim Bowman

Dr. Tim Bowman

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Tim Bowman


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, bibliometrics, 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.

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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).

Awards and Honors

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

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Academic Interests

  • Altmetrics
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Open Science
  • Academic Reward System
  • Social Networks
  • Social Media
  • Digital Humanities

Office Hours

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Areas of Expertise

  • Scholarly Communication, Bibliometrics, and Altmetrics
  • Web Design, Web Application Design
  • Computer Programming
  • Database Administration


Office Location

300.03 Kresge Library

Recent Publications

  • Holmberg, K., Bowman, T.D., Didegah, F., & Lehtimäki, J. (2019). The relationship between institutional factors, citation and altmetric counts of publications from Finnish universities. Journal of Altmetrics, 2(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.29024/joa.20
  • Díaz-Faes, A.A., Bowman, T.D., & Costas, R. (2019). Towards a second generation of ‘social media metrics’: Characterizing the interactions of Twitter communities of attention around science. PLOS ONE, 14(5): e0216408. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0216408
  • Hassan, S., Bowman, T.D., Shabbir, M., Akhtara, A., Imran, M., & Aljohani, N.R. (2019). Influential Tweeters in Relation to Highly Cited Articles in Altmetric Big Data. Scientometrics, 119(1), pp 481-493. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-019-03044-9
  • Holmberg, K., Bowman, T.D., Didegah, F., & Laakso, M. (2019). Do articles in open access journals have higher altmetric activity than articles in subscription-based journals? An investigation of Finnish research output. Scientometrics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-019-03301-x.
  • Said, A, Bowman, T.D., Abbasi, R.A., Aljohani, N.R., Nawaz, R, & Hassan, S. (2019). Mining Network Level Properties of Twitter Altmetrics Data. Scientometrics, 120(1), pp 217-235. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-019-03112-0


Research Interests

  • Philosophy of IT
  • Self presentation
  • Identity Management
  • Frame Analysis
  • Affordances
  • Online Communication

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