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Toward a metadata model for research information management systems

Dong Joon Lee (University Libraries, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA)
Besiki Stvilia (School of Information, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)
Shuheng Wu (Graduate School of Library & Information Studies, Queens College, Flushing, New York, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date:

Issue publication date: 29 September 2020




The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationships between researcher characteristics and their use of metadata in their ResearchGate profiles.


This paper reports on one part of a larger study that examined researchers’ use of and engagement with research information management systems (RIMSs). The study’s design included qualitative, semi-structured interviews with 15 researchers and a survey completed by 412 researchers. Detailed reports of findings from the interviews and survey can be found elsewhere. This paper reports on the part of the study that analyzed the use of metadata elements in the ResearchGate profiles of 126 survey participants.


Most researchers shared metadata related to their research rather than their teaching or service. Statistical analyses revealed statistically significant relationships between researchers’ metadata use and their participation levels in RIMSs, as well as between metadata use and researchers’ seniority.


The study’s findings help to identify researchers’ priorities for different metadata elements, as well as to construct profile metadata templates for each specific participation level.



This research was supported by OCLC/ALISE Library and Information Research Grant for 2016 and National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) of the US Government (Grant LG-73-16-0006-16). This paper reflects the findings and conclusions of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of IMLS, OCLC, and ALISE. The authors wish to express appreciation to the researchers who participated in the study.


Lee, D.J., Stvilia, B. and Wu, S. (2020), "Toward a metadata model for research information management systems", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 577-592.



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