Research Thesis Topic
Behaviour and Practices in Academic Social Networks
Academic Social Networks (ASN) offer more and more social information about researchers. Reversely, researchers can provide social information about themselves and even about other peers. The services and benefits of ASN are discussed controversially. On the one hand, they allow boundless, time-and location-independent exchange, communication and collaboration between researchers as well as the option to get open access to literature. On the other hand, scientists seem to be forced to engage in ASN and are measured on their activities in those networks. Both aspects influence researchers’ behaviours and thus their research practices. In addition, those services constantly collect social information about researchers. It has to be analysed in which way this data influences human information dynamics in communities as well as research practices more specifically, and in which way the structure of academic networks influences those processes. The aim is to get a better understanding of how digital networks influence researchers and their scientific work and how this influence changes research behaviour. These results are central to be able to forecast future developments in academic practices.
Research Questions are:
1. How do Academic Social Networks (ASN) influence researchers’ behaviour and practice?
2. How do ASN change the way researchers communicate and collaborate?
3. How are researchers be valued/be evaluated in ASN?
4. How do ASN influence research outcomes?
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- Australian Digital Futures Institute
- Library and Information Studies
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