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ACRL / STS Scholarly Communication Committee (Science and Technology Section) Committee

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Discussion ALL STS SCI POST: NEW LOCATION

by Raymond Pun on Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 01:54 pm

All past and current posts have been migrated to this page: https://acrl.libguides.com/scipost

This site will act as a repository/archive.

Discussion This is a Scholarly Communications Investigations (SCI) post! Social Networking Sites for Researchers

by Raymond Pun on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm

This is a Scholarly Communications Investigations (SCI) post! 

By bringing you these posts, the STS Scholarly Communications Committee hopes to promote discussion and facilitate the professional development of STS members in the broad area of scholarly communications. The posts are written by our committee members (or volunteers from the STS librarian community) and automatically archived on the STS discussion list archive. 

This is a Scholarly Communications Investigations (SCI) post! 

By bringing you these posts, the STS Scholarly Communications Committee hopes to promote discussion and facilitate the professional development of STS members in the broad area of scholarly communications. The posts are written by our committee members (or volunteers from the STS librarian community) and automatically archived on the STS discussion list archive. 

We are indebted to the STS Discovery & Access Committee and their “Inside Science Resources” initiative for inspiring our SCI Project! 

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Today, there are growing numbers of social networking sites available for researchers to share their research. From Mendeley to Academia.edu to ResearchGate, these sites allow users to:

1. Disseminate research to the web which can lead to branding and visibility of one's own research in a particular field. This can also lead to an increase in readership and citation counts as well.

2. Discover new research topics or find specific research papers that can be available through these sites. Users of these social media resources can share ideas, collaborate with new colleagues on similar topics of interest and foster an online community in these research areas.

Similar to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, they support the process of sharing and promoting one's activities. However, Academia.edu, ResearchGate and similar sites focus on supporting and disseminating research content with specific features for academic purposes. They are free sites with no academic affiliations, and encourage interactions between scholars from around the world.

Here are some highlights for two popular social networking sites for researchers: Academia.edu and ResearchGate: 

Academia.edu- is a free site that serves almost like a repository. Although it has a ".edu" at the end, it is a commercial enterprise and not an educational institution site. Users can create a profile, account, a university affiliation and upload or download papers from other profile pages. If papers are not uploaded, one can request to have the paper sent by the author/contributor. The site can also keep track of how many times the paper has been downloaded. One interesting aspect of this site is that it keeps track of visitors who have seen your profile and indicates where they are coming from. This kind of tracking can demonstrate how your work can be disseminated across different parts of the world. The site is much more used by humanities scholars.

ResearchGate- is a free site that users can create an account to upload their papers into the site. Like Academia.edu, it also allows users to find and download other papers if they have been uploaded. The site can also keep track of how many times your profile has been viewed; how many times your papers have been read and cited. The citation tracking can be useful to find out which papers have cited your work and you can go directly into the scholar's account if they have one. Once an unpublished work has been uploaded, the site can generate a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) which can allow users to find the source of the work online more easily and readily. So far only ResearchGate has this feature. The site is much more used by scientists and social scientists.

These interactive sites can generate visibility for any new scholar or graduate student. This can be an innovative way to make new connections and draw on new research. However, some challenges can be posed when using these sites. Many scholars do not know that their published works tend to have an embargo or copyright agreement with the publisher. Thus, it is not recommended to post new published articles into these sites as they can violate copyright agreements with the publisher or vendor. Universities have already been dealing with some of these challenges and recommend alternative ways to support this kind of process.

One way is to publish materials in an open access or open source publication. This can allow the authors to upload their files into the profile sites more fluidly without any legal constraints. Another way is looking at institutional repositories (IR). A growing number of university libraries have their own IRs ,and affiliated scholars can deposit their materials into the IRs and then link it back to these sites. We see that there are more and more social networking sites appearing to get the attention of busy researchers.

It is highly recommended for research/academic librarians to proactively engage with scholars by showing the possibilities and limits of these sites. They can be fun to use but there are some challenges to consider when using these sites.  

 

For more information:

Academia.edu:  https://www.academia.edu/

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/

Mendeley https://www.mendeley.com/

 

Jordan, K. 2014. Academics and their online networks: exploring the role of academic social networking sites. First Monday, 19 (11). http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/ fm.v19i11.4937

 

Author of this post:

Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University, Fresno

 

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All SCI posts are archived on the STS discussion list archive (you may need to use your ALA login): [http://lists.ala.org/sympa/arc/sts-l]. Please contact a member of the SCI Planning Team if you have comments or suggestions... or to volunteer to write a post!

 

SCI Planning Team:

Peter Zuber (peter_zuber@byu.edu)

Ray Pun (raypun101@gmail.com)

 

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