Web 2.0 technologies have grown increasingly popular and useful for many aspects of personal and professional life. Following this trend, new Internet technologies are emerging that provide many benefits to academic researchers, including assistance in finding research articles around particular topics; identifying colleagues for potential collaboration; disseminating and promoting one's own research; and developing a clearer understanding of which studies, journals, and scholars have had the most impact in a particular field. In this workshop, presented at AECT 2012 in Louisville, KY, I introduced three Internet technologies that can assist scholars and readers of scholarship: Mendeley, Google Scholar Profile, and, to a lesser degree, Publish or Perish.
Mendeley. Mendeley, a free open-source tool, seeks to meet basic citation management needs in a similar way as Endnote, Refworks, and Zotero, while at the same time building a robust scholarly social network using a model based on Last.fm (Henning & Reichelt, 2008; Hoyt, Reichelt & Henning, 2009). Mendeley consists of two main programs: a desktop citation and PDF manager and an online companion that can also manage citations while sharing user-defined pieces of information about one's research with others (Zaugg, West, Tateishi, & Randall, 2011). Mendeley focuses on researchers' libraries instead of on the researchers themselves so networks can be formed around strands of research and specific articles. This may help researchers begin conversations and collaboration with others interested in the same research.
Google Scholar Profile. Google Scholar has a new “my citations” feature that allows researchers to set up their own profile and identify which citations in the Google Scholar system are their own. This profile and list of citations combines to create an attractive online presence and portfolio. Perhaps most importantly, Google Scholar provides the citation counts for specific articles listed on the author’s profile, as well as overall impact statistics, allowing others to quickly see which of the author’s articles have been viewed as potentially most important. Finally, Google Scholar enables authors to list co-authors, creating a network of collaboration that can be useful in studying a specific research topic.
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