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An Investigation on the Use by Academic Researchers of Knowledge from Scientific Social Networking Sites

Version 1 : Received: 29 October 2020 / Approved: 30 October 2020 / Online: 30 October 2020 (14:39:31 CET)

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Corvello, V.; Chimenti, M.C.; Giglio, C.; Verteramo, S. An Investigation on the Use by Academic Researchers of Knowledge from Scientific Social Networking Sites. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9732. Corvello, V.; Chimenti, M.C.; Giglio, C.; Verteramo, S. An Investigation on the Use by Academic Researchers of Knowledge from Scientific Social Networking Sites. Sustainability 2020, 12, 9732.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2020, 12, 9732
DOI: 10.3390/su12229732

Abstract

Scientific social networking sites like Researchgate or Academia.edu have become part of the work practice of academic researchers. These digital platforms have been designed precisely to encourage the exchange of knowledge between scholars and to help the expansion of collaborative networks among them. Even if studies on this topic have multiplied in recent years, there is a dearth of research on the actual impact of these platforms on scientific production. The goal of this study is to investigate the relation between the attitude of researchers towards scientific social networks and the use of knowledge in their scientific work. Data from users of the scientific social networking site Researchgate were collected. A total of 143 valid responses were received and structural equation modeling was applied for data analysis. Findings of this study confirmed that researchers use knowledge obtained from scientific social networking sites both incorporating it within their research products and to acquire new competences. In particular approaching the platform as a scientific community with a shared language and a shared vision was found to have a positive impact on knowledge use. To the best knowledge of the authors this is the first study investigating the actual use of knowledge from scientific social networking sites by academic researchers. Results help to understand the impact of these platforms on the work practice of a strategic sector like scientific research.

Subject Areas

scientific social network; knowledge network; academic research; knowledge transfer; collaboration

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