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The ResearchGate Score rewards academics' active participation on the platform above their publications and citations

Orduna-Malea, Enrique and Martín-Martín, Alberto and Thelwall, Mike and López-Cózar, Emilio Delgado (2017) The ResearchGate Score rewards academics' active participation on the platform above their publications and citations. Impact of Social Sciences Blog (25 Sep 2017). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

There are now more than 13 million users registered to the ResearchGate platform, which doubles as a venue to display one’s academic achievements and a social networking site where scientists can interact with one another. Enrique Orduna-Malea, Alberto Martín-Martín, Mike Thelwall, and Emilio Delgado López-Cózar scrutinise one of its key features, the much-maligned RG Score. While the computation of this metric is not transparent, closer analysis suggests it rewards participation in the platform, especially in its Q&A section, above all else. Is the goal of ResearchGate to reward altruism, the selfless cooperation among scientists? Or is it merely to promote interaction on its platform? Whatever the reason, it is important to remember bibliometric indicators are not neutral and potentially have consequences for the credibility of science.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > Impact of Social Sciences Blog at LSE
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2017 15:31
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 15:31
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85019

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