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Google Scholar and Other Academic Publication Platforms: New Approaches to Intellectual Reputation

Jo Ann Oravec (University of Wisconsin Whitewater, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2015 - 10:10am
Institutional Leadership & Strategy
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Innovation and Experimentation
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Plaza Court 2
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Concurrent Session 5

This presentation explores analytical tools that make intellectual activities of researchers widely accessible and transparent. It demonstrates their potential uses for development of institutional reputations.

Extended Abstract

Many aspects of research production have been made more transparent in the advent of Google Scholar, ResearchGate, Academia.edu, and related emerging platforms. These free or low-cost technological applications expose detailed aspects of the development and dissemination of academic publications and institutional research. Constructing portraits of the research activities of academic professionals along with those of their students can be a powerful aspect of initiatives to strengthen institutional reputation and enhance research production efforts. This presentation explores the unfortunate "gaming" of some of these platforms to produce more favorable appearances as well as the positive and less problematic applications of these systems. Blended learning classrooms can also take advantage of the portraits of academic scholarship production that the transparency of these systems provides. Through citation and network analysis, the new "public intellectuals" are becoming revealed through Google Scholar, ResearchGate, and Academia.edu as well as through social media. Often, these individuals are being spotted in lesser-known colleges and universities as well as in institutions that are generally labeled as "research leaders."

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