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Changing communication on researchgate through interface updates

Goodwin, S and Jeng, W and He, D (2014) Changing communication on researchgate through interface updates. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Informal scholarly communication across the Web is a growing component of the scholarly communication infrastructure. This study describes the effects of three different interfaces on these informal channels. Interface design has a widely studied effect on user behavior, and new users often encounter barriers during accessing social media tools. Using a mixed methods approach, we collected and grouped 413 posts across three distinct interfaces of ResearchGate's communication platform. Our results show that scholars were more polite in the initial group discussion interface but that user interface design did not change the core communication patterns of sharing information and opinions among scholars. The site also transitioned from one-to-many discussions to one-to-one posts, but new users were generally welcomed to the scholarly communications.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Goodwin, S
Jeng, Wwej9@pitt.eduWEJ9
He, Ddah44@pitt.eduDAH440000-0002-4645-8696
Date: 1 January 2014
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: 51
Number: 1
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1002/meet.2014.14505101129
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2015 14:53
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2019 14:55


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