Which academic subjects have most online impact? A pilot study and a new classification process

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/4507
Title:
Which academic subjects have most online impact? A pilot study and a new classification process
Authors:
Thelwall, Mike; Vaughan, Liwen; Cothey, Viv; Li, Xuemei; Smith, Alastair G.
Abstract:
The use of the Web by academic researchers is discipline-dependent and highly variable. It is increasingly central for sharing information, disseminating results and publicising research projects. This pilot study seeks to identify the subjects that have the most impact on the Web, and look for national differences in online subject visibility. The highest impact sites were from computing, but there were major national differences in the impact of engineering and technology sites. Another difference was that Taiwan had more high impact non-academic sites hosted by universities. As a pilot study, the classification process itself was also investigated and the problems of applying subject classification to academic Web sites discussed. The study draws out a number of issues in this regard, having no simple solutions and point to the need to interpret the results with caution.
Citation:
Online Information Review, 27(5): 333-343
Publisher:
MCB UP Ltd
Issue Date:
2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/4507
DOI:
10.1108/14684520310502298
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/14684520310502298
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
14684527,00000000
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group ; Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mike-
dc.contributor.authorVaughan, Liwen-
dc.contributor.authorCothey, Viv-
dc.contributor.authorLi, Xuemei-
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Alastair G.-
dc.date.accessioned2006-09-20T10:32:24Z-
dc.date.available2006-09-20T10:32:24Z-
dc.date.issued2003-
dc.identifier.citationOnline Information Review, 27(5): 333-343en
dc.identifier.issn14684527,00000000-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/14684520310502298-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/4507-
dc.description.abstractThe use of the Web by academic researchers is discipline-dependent and highly variable. It is increasingly central for sharing information, disseminating results and publicising research projects. This pilot study seeks to identify the subjects that have the most impact on the Web, and look for national differences in online subject visibility. The highest impact sites were from computing, but there were major national differences in the impact of engineering and technology sites. Another difference was that Taiwan had more high impact non-academic sites hosted by universities. As a pilot study, the classification process itself was also investigated and the problems of applying subject classification to academic Web sites discussed. The study draws out a number of issues in this regard, having no simple solutions and point to the need to interpret the results with caution.en
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dc.publisherMCB UP Ltden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/14684520310502298en
dc.subjectSubject classificationen
dc.subjectAcademic websitesen
dc.subjectWeb impact factorsen
dc.subjectComputingen
dc.subjectEngineeringen
dc.subjectTechnologyen
dc.subjectWebsites-
dc.subjectUniversities-
dc.titleWhich academic subjects have most online impact? A pilot study and a new classification processen
dc.typeArticleen
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