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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/609261
Title:
ResearchGate Articles: Age, Discipline, Audience Size and Impact
Authors:
Thelwall, Mike; Kousha, Kayvan
Abstract:
The large multidisciplinary academic social web site ResearchGate aims to help academics to connect with each other and to publicise their work. Despite its popularity, little is known about the age and discipline of the articles uploaded and viewed in the site and whether publication statistics from the site could be useful impact indicators. In response, this article assesses samples of ResearchGate articles uploaded at specific dates, comparing their views in the site to their Mendeley readers and Scopus-indexed citations. This analysis shows that ResearchGate is dominated by recent articles, which attract about three times as many views as older articles. ResearchGate has uneven coverage of scholarship, with the arts and humanities, health professions, and decision sciences poorly represented and some fields receiving twice as many views per article as others. View counts for uploaded articles have low to moderate positive correlations with both Scopus citations and Mendeley readers, which is consistent with them tending to reflect a wider audience than Scopus-publishing scholars. Hence, for articles uploaded to the site, view counts may give a genuinely new audience indicator.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Journal:
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Issue Date:
Oct-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/609261
Additional Links:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.23675/abstract
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2330-1643
Sponsors:
Self-funded
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mikeen
dc.contributor.authorKousha, Kayvanen
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-13T13:14:02Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-13T13:14:02Zen
dc.date.issued2015-10en
dc.identifier.issn2330-1643en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/609261en
dc.description.abstractThe large multidisciplinary academic social web site ResearchGate aims to help academics to connect with each other and to publicise their work. Despite its popularity, little is known about the age and discipline of the articles uploaded and viewed in the site and whether publication statistics from the site could be useful impact indicators. In response, this article assesses samples of ResearchGate articles uploaded at specific dates, comparing their views in the site to their Mendeley readers and Scopus-indexed citations. This analysis shows that ResearchGate is dominated by recent articles, which attract about three times as many views as older articles. ResearchGate has uneven coverage of scholarship, with the arts and humanities, health professions, and decision sciences poorly represented and some fields receiving twice as many views per article as others. View counts for uploaded articles have low to moderate positive correlations with both Scopus citations and Mendeley readers, which is consistent with them tending to reflect a wider audience than Scopus-publishing scholars. Hence, for articles uploaded to the site, view counts may give a genuinely new audience indicator.en
dc.description.sponsorshipSelf-fundeden
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.relation.urlhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.23675/abstracten
dc.subjectResearchGate articlesen
dc.subjectAgeen
dc.subjectdisciplineen
dc.subjectaudience size and impacten
dc.titleResearchGate Articles: Age, Discipline, Audience Size and Impacten
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technologyen
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