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Pakistani LIS scholars’ altmetrics in ResearchGate

Muhammad Yousuf Ali (Sindh Madressatul Islam University Library, Karachi, Pakistan)
Joanna Richardson (Department of Information Services, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 4 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyse the research performance of Pakistani library and information science (LIS) scholars, using the altmetrics provided by ResearchGate (RG).

Design/methodology/approach

Purposive sampling was used to collect profiles between 15 January 2015 and 30 April 2016 of all members of RG who had self-identified as being an LIS scholar of Pakistani nationality. Additional demographic data were obtained through a small survey administered via Google Docs. Resultant data were analysed in SPSS Version 21.

Findings

Study results were broadly consistent in terms of demographical data with previous studies of this cohort. There was a positive correlation between publications, reads, and citations for scholars who had recorded at least one publication. The majority of publications had not been published in a high impact factor journal. Academic networking site profiles create the potential for collaboration, building connections, and exchanging information.

Research limitations/implications

Some scholars eliminated from this study may have published at least one output but neglected to upload details to RG. It is a purposive, exploratory study that provides insights into future research.

Practical implications

The paper produces findings of relevance to researchers in other countries and/or disciplines who may wish to conduct a similar study of a defined cohort.

Originality/value

There have been no previous published research studies on altmetrics associated with Pakistani LIS scholars.

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Citation

Ali, M.Y. and Richardson, J. (2017), "Pakistani LIS scholars’ altmetrics in ResearchGate", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 51 No. 2, pp. 152-169. https://doi.org/10.1108/PROG-07-2016-0052

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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