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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/27372
Title:
Do the Web sites of higher rated scholars have significantly more online impact?
Authors:
Thelwall, Mike; Harries, Gareth
Abstract:
The quality and impact of academic Web sites is of interest to many audiences, including the scholars who use them and Web educators who need to identify best practice. Several large-scale European Union research projects have been funded to build new indicators for online scientific activity, reflecting recognition of the importance of the Web for scholarly communication. In this paper we address the key question of whether higher rated scholars produce higher impact Web sites, using the United Kingdom as a case study and measuring scholars' quality in terms of university-wide average research ratings. Methodological issues concerning the measurement of the online impact are discussed, leading to the adoption of counts of links to a university's constituent single domain Web sites from an aggregated counting metric. The findings suggest that universities with higher rated scholars produce significantly more Web content but with a similar average online impact. Higher rated scholars therefore attract more total links from their peers, but only by being more prolific, refuting earlier suggestions. It can be surmised that general Web publications are very different from scholarly journal articles and conference papers, for which scholarly quality does associate with citation impact. This has important implications for the construction of new Web indicators, for example that online impact should not be used to assess the quality of small groups of scholars, even within a single discipline.
Citation:
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 55 (2): 149-159
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Issue Date:
2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/27372
DOI:
10.1002/asi.10362
Additional Links:
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/106561107/abstract
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
15322882; 15322890
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group ; Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mike-
dc.contributor.authorHarries, Gareth-
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-21T10:25:26Z-
dc.date.available2008-05-21T10:25:26Z-
dc.date.issued2004-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 55 (2): 149-159en
dc.identifier.issn15322882-
dc.identifier.issn15322890-
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/asi.10362-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/27372-
dc.description.abstractThe quality and impact of academic Web sites is of interest to many audiences, including the scholars who use them and Web educators who need to identify best practice. Several large-scale European Union research projects have been funded to build new indicators for online scientific activity, reflecting recognition of the importance of the Web for scholarly communication. In this paper we address the key question of whether higher rated scholars produce higher impact Web sites, using the United Kingdom as a case study and measuring scholars' quality in terms of university-wide average research ratings. Methodological issues concerning the measurement of the online impact are discussed, leading to the adoption of counts of links to a university's constituent single domain Web sites from an aggregated counting metric. The findings suggest that universities with higher rated scholars produce significantly more Web content but with a similar average online impact. Higher rated scholars therefore attract more total links from their peers, but only by being more prolific, refuting earlier suggestions. It can be surmised that general Web publications are very different from scholarly journal articles and conference papers, for which scholarly quality does associate with citation impact. This has important implications for the construction of new Web indicators, for example that online impact should not be used to assess the quality of small groups of scholars, even within a single discipline.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/106561107/abstracten
dc.subjectWebsitesen
dc.subjectImpact factoren
dc.subjectWebometricsen
dc.subjectScholarsen
dc.subjectScholarly communicationen
dc.subjectAcademic websites-
dc.subjectUniversities-
dc.titleDo the Web sites of higher rated scholars have significantly more online impact?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technologyen
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