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User participation in an academic social networking service: A survey of open group users on Mendeley

Jeng, W and He, D and Jiang, J (2015) User participation in an academic social networking service: A survey of open group users on Mendeley. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66 (5). 890 - 904. ISSN 2330-1635

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Abstract

© 2014 ASIS & T. Although there are a number of social networking services that specifically target scholars, little has been published about the actual practices and the usage of these so-called academic social networking services (ASNSs). To fill this gap, we explore the populations of academics who engage in social activities using an ASNS; as an indicator of further engagement, we also determine their various motivations for joining a group in ASNSs. Using groups and their members in Mendeley as the platform for our case study, we obtained 146 participant responses from our online survey about users' common activities, usage habits, and motivations for joining groups. Our results show that (a) participants did not engage with social-based features as frequently and actively as they engaged with research-based features, and (b) users who joined more groups seemed to have a stronger motivation to increase their professional visibility and to contribute the research articles that they had read to the group reading list. Our results generate interesting insights into Mendeley's user populations, their activities, and their motivations relative to the social features of Mendeley. We also argue that further design of ASNSs is needed to take greater account of disciplinary differences in scholarly communication and to establish incentive mechanisms for encouraging user participation.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jeng, Wwej9@pitt.eduWEJ9
He, Ddah44@pitt.eduDAH440000-0002-4645-8696
Jiang, J
Date: 1 May 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Volume: 66
Number: 5
Page Range: 890 - 904
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1002/asi.23225
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2330-1635
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2014 15:10
Last Modified: 22 May 2019 18:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21727

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