"I have 100 reads therefore I am": 'academic' social media

Choong, C. (2017) "I have 100 reads therefore I am": 'academic' social media. WordPress.

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Abstract

This post explores academics’ relationships with ‘academic social media’; specifically with regards to the marketization of HE in the UK, audit culture, gamification, and open access. Academic social media can be defined as social media sites aimed at academic staff working in higher education, particularly in research. These sites encourage their users to share work (mainly in the form of research papers) and connect with other academics and researchers. There are currently two sites dominating the academic social media sector; ResearchGate and Academia.edu. These sites have been criticised for various reasons, but many academics still prefer to use them to disseminate research instead of using their own institution’s repositories. This paper will examine some of these criticisms and look at reasons why researchers choose to use academic social media platforms despite their serious ethical flaws and potentially detrimental effect on open access to research.

Item Type: Other
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P0087 Communication. Mass media
Divisions: Library Services
Depositing User: Mrs Claire Choong
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2017 07:42
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2017 07:42
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16259

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