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Academic Social Networks: How the web is changing our way to make and communicate researches

Giovanni Bonaiuti
Published Online: 2016-02-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/rem-2015-0010

Abstract

Networking is not only essential for success in academia, but it should also be seen as a natural component of the scholarly profession. Research is typically not a purely individualistic enterprise. Academic social network sites give researchers the ability to publicise their research outputs and connect with each other. This work aims to investigate the use done by Italian scholars of 11/D2 scientific field. The picture presented shows a realistic insight into the Italian situation, although since the phenomenon is in rapid evolution results are not stable and generalizable.

Keywords: Academic social network sites; Research strategies; Altmetrics; Scholars visibility

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Published Online: 2016-02-19

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