Open Conference Systems at Dalhousie, International Association of University Libraries, 2016 Conference

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Gaining the Benefits of Scholarly Social Networks.
peter webster

Last modified: 2016-03-09


Scholarly social networking sites have become a common part of today’s academic discourse. These include personal profile and sharing sites, and Research gate, subject specific sites like Philpapers or Social Science Research Network (SSRN), and citation sharing sites like Mendeley as well as many general and specialized blogs.

As well as sharing information and ideas these sites index scholarly publication and citations and often collect full-text.  Millions of journal article can be located from these sites.

This session/paper will explore the  benefits and growing importance of scholarly social networking, and its  major role in has promoting the visablity, open accessiblity and impact of academic research.  It will also document the wide range of issues related to scholarly social networking websites which need to be addressed. Including concerns about commercialization, reliability, inconsistency, copyright control, and ease of manipulation.

The session will outline progress on standardization, quality control, transparency. it will look at the key role academic libraries can play in the steps needed to address these issues, while maintaining the  benefits of scholarly social media.