ResearchGate: Disseminating, communicating, and measuring Scholarship?

  title={ResearchGate: Disseminating, communicating, and measuring Scholarship?},
  author={Mike A Thelwall and Kayvan Kousha},
  journal={Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology},
  • M. ThelwallK. Kousha
  • Published 1 May 2015
  • Education
  • Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
ResearchGate is a social network site for academics to create their own profiles, list their publications, and interact with each other. Like, it provides a new way for scholars to disseminate their work and hence potentially changes the dynamics of informal scholarly communication. This article assesses whether ResearchGate usage and publication data broadly reflect existing academic hierarchies and whether individual countries are set to benefit or lose out from the site. The… 

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