Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

Groups in Mendeley: Owners' descriptions and group outcomes

Jeng, W and He, D and Jiang, J and Zhang, Y (2012) Groups in Mendeley: Owners' descriptions and group outcomes. In: UNSPECIFIED.

Published Version

Download (706kB) | Preview
[img] Plain Text (licence)
Download (1kB)


Using four factors borrowed from traditional social group theories, we examined owners' group descriptions in Mendeley to study the applicability of traditional social group theories for large, loosely-formed online groups. We manually annotated the descriptions for 529 Mendeley groups, and correlated the appearances of the factors with two measures of the groups' outcomes: the changes in the numbers of group members and the changes of the articles shared within the groups between 2011 and 2012. Our results suggest that, in general, all four factors are important in online groups, which indicates the usefulness of traditional group theories in the study of online groups. In addition, although a majority of the factors have helped the growth of group size being higher than average increase, several factors have caused the increase of the shared articles within the groups to be smaller than average increase.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jeng, Wwej9@pitt.eduWEJ9
He, Ddah44@pitt.eduDAH440000-0002-4645-8696
Jiang, J
Zhang, Y
Date: 1 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the ASIST Annual Meeting
Volume: 49
Number: 1
Page Range: 1 - 4
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1002/meet.14504901256
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2013 15:56
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2022 20:22


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item