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Successful researchers publicizing research online: An outlink analysis of European highly cited scientists' personal websites

Amalia Más-Bleda (The Cybermetrics Lab, Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain)
Mike Thelwall (Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, School of Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Kayvan Kousha (Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, School of Technology, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Isidro F. Aguillo (The Cybermetrics Lab, Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 7 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore the link creating behaviour of European highly cited scientists based upon their online lists of publications and their institutional personal websites.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 1,525 highly cited scientists working at European institutions were first identified. Outlinks from their online lists of publications and their personal websites pointing to a pre-defined collection of popular academic websites and file types were then gathered by a personal web crawler.

Findings

Perhaps surprisingly, a larger proportion of social scientists provided at least one outlink compared to the other disciplines investigated. By far the most linked-to file type was PDF and the most linked-to type of target website was scholarly databases, especially the Digital Object Identifier website. Health science and life science researchers mainly linked to scholarly databases, while scientists from engineering, hard sciences and social sciences linked to a wider range of target websites. Both book sites and social network sites were rarely linked to, especially the former. Hence, whilst successful researchers frequently use the Web to point to online copies of their articles, there are major disciplinary and other differences in how they do this.

Originality/value

This is the first study to analyse the outlinking patterns of highly cited researchers' institutional web presences in order to identify which web resources they use to provide access to their publications.

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Acknowledgements

This paper is supported by ACUMEN (Academic Careers Understood through Measurement and Norms) project, grant agreement number 266632, under the Seventh Framework Program of the European Union.

Citation

Más-Bleda, A., Thelwall, M., Kousha, K. and F. Aguillo, I. (2014), "Successful researchers publicizing research online: An outlink analysis of European highly cited scientists' personal websites", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 70 No. 1, pp. 148-172. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-12-2012-0156

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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