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User behaviors and network characteristics of US research universities on an academic social networking site

Published on Nov 15, 2018in Higher Education 3.00
· DOI :10.1007/s10734-018-0339-x
Weiwei Yan1
Estimated H-index: 1
(WHU: Wuhan University),
Yin Zhang1
Estimated H-index: 1
(KSU: Kent State University)
Academic social networking sites are important communication tools commonly used by scholars. In order to obtain an understanding of how scholars at US higher education institutions utilize these sites, this study took ResearchGate (RG) as an example and collected data from 168,059 users from 61 US higher education institutions at three research activity levels as defined by the Carnegie Classification. A hierarchical cluster analysis was conducted, and four clusters of institutions with different behavior patterns were observed. The results indicate that US higher education institutions play different roles based on their academic influence in the network and demonstrate distinct behaviors in overall participation, information seeking, and information sharing. Users from universities of higher academic influence exhibited a preponderance for presentation behavior and were popular in the network, while scholars at moderate research-level institutions were active in seeking behavior as well as self-improvement. However, those at lower levels were comparatively inactive. The hierarchical clustering result also suggests that user behavior on this academic social networking site reflects the academic research activity level and level of academic influence accurately and effectively. These findings show a positive correlation between levels of scholarly output and utilization of academic social networking sites. This study also contributes to the ongoing efforts in understanding the scholarly use of academic social networking sites, and to the debate on whether associated alternative metrics (altmetrics) serve as supplementary evaluation measures of scholarship in higher education. The practical implications of the study are also discussed.
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Lise Degn5
Estimated H-index: 5
(AU: Aarhus University),
Thomas Franssen4
Estimated H-index: 4
(LEI: Leiden University)
+ 1 AuthorsSarah de Rijcke9
Estimated H-index: 9
(LEI: Leiden University)
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Jelena Brankovic4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Bielefeld University)
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Tsuang Kuo8
Estimated H-index: 8
(NSYSU: National Sun Yat-sen University),
Gwo Yang Tsai2
Estimated H-index: 2
(NSYSU: National Sun Yat-sen University)
+ 1 AuthorsWadee Alhalabi9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Effat University)
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Torrey Trust7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UMass: University of Massachusetts Amherst),
Jeffrey P. Carpenter10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Elon University),
Daniel G. Krutka8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UNT: University of North Texas)
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Cassidy R. Sugimoto27
Estimated H-index: 27
Sam Work1
Estimated H-index: 1
('ENS Paris': École Normale Supérieure)
+ 1 AuthorsStefanie Haustein19
Estimated H-index: 19
('ENS Paris': École Normale Supérieure)
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Julie Bouchard2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Natasa Lackovic3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Lancaster University),
Roger Kerry11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Nottingham)
+ 1 AuthorsTony Lowe3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Nottingham)
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Estimated H-index: 8
(UGR: University of Granada),
Enrique Orduña-Malea11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Polytechnic University of Valencia)
+ 1 AuthorsEmilio Delgado López-Cózar19
Estimated H-index: 19
(UGR: University of Granada)
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Feng Xia30
Estimated H-index: 30
(DUT: Dalian University of Technology),
Xiaoyan Su2
Estimated H-index: 2
(DUT: Dalian University of Technology)
+ 3 AuthorsIvan Lee14
Estimated H-index: 14
(UniSA: University of South Australia)
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Christine Greenhow18
Estimated H-index: 18
Benjamin Gleason4
Estimated H-index: 4
+ 0 AuthorsK. Bret Staudt Willet1
Estimated H-index: 1
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