ResearchGate: Disseminating, communicating, and measuring Scholarship?

@article{Thelwall2015ResearchGateDC,
  title={ResearchGate: Disseminating, communicating, and measuring Scholarship?},
  author={Mike A Thelwall and Kayvan Kousha},
  journal={Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology},
  year={2015},
  volume={66}
}
  • M. Thelwall, K. Kousha
  • Published 1 May 2015
  • Political Science, Computer Science
  • Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
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