Awareness, Perceptions and Purposes of Academic Social Networking Sites (ASNS) among the Research Scholars in State Universities of Tamil Nadu, India: A Study

By Sivakumaren, Dr K. S.; Jeyapragash, Dr B. et al. | Library Philosophy and Practice, May 2019 | Go to article overview

Awareness, Perceptions and Purposes of Academic Social Networking Sites (ASNS) among the Research Scholars in State Universities of Tamil Nadu, India: A Study


Sivakumaren, Dr K. S., Jeyapragash, Dr B., Arputharaj, J. Issac, Library Philosophy and Practice


1.Introduction

Social Networking Sites are playing a vital role in day to day activities of human life. The Academic Social Networking Sites (ASNS) can be exclusively used for academic purpose like viewing, visiting, and sharing research publications. These tools can be used for sharing academic information, exchanging research publications and to give / receive opinions, advices, comments, suggestions, and ideas instantly and interactively among them. In this view the study was conducted to know the awareness, perceptions, purposes and advantages of ASNS. ASNS categorized the major areas in to four as follows 1.Profile and Collaboration(Research Gate, Academia and My Science work), 2.Citation / Referencing(Mendeley, Zotero and CiteUlike), 3.Bookmarking(Delicious, Digg and Bibsonomy) and 4. Author Identification(ORCID, Researcher ID and Scopus ID).

2.Review of Literature

Asmi N.A., and Margam, Madhusudhan (2018) found in the study that research scholars have knowledge on ASNS, ResearchGate and Academia.edu was the most used ASNS among research scholars. Further the result shows that ResearchGate and Academia were used by research scholars for sharing research related information. Ali, M. Y., and Richardson, J. (2018) conducted an exploratory study of social science faculty members at five Karachi (Pakistan) public sector universities. The result revealed that the primary reason for accessing an academic social networking site was to search for articles on the site. Further the results also showed that accruing citations was the main reason for which respondents uploaded their own publications. Aleryani, A.Y., Mofleh, H., and Alariki, S. (2017) investigated the opportunities and challenges when using academic social network sites (ASNS) by researchers in universities in Yemen and abroad. The results showed that academic social network sites are still not well known among Yemeni researchers and majority of the researchers are not aware of ASNS and some indicated that they will use in the sites in the future and most of the researchers also expressed the opportunities of using academic social network sites are limited. Bhardwaj, R.K. (2017) compared four popular academic social networking sites (ASNS), namely, ResearchGate, Academia.edu, Mendeley and Zotero. He found that performance of ASNS using the latest features and services is not up to the mark, and none of the sites are rated as "Excellent ". User interface of the sites need to improve to draw researchers to use them. Kenchakkanavar, A.Y., and Hadagali, G.S. (2016) examined the use of Academic Social Networking Sites by research scholars of the two state universities. The study indicated that Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn are the most commonly used general SNS by research scholars and most of the research scholars used the ASNS for finding conferences, seminars, workshops related information. Doaa K. ElBerry (2015) attempted to explore the awareness and use of five famous ASNSs; namely ResearchGate, Acedemia.edu, LinkedIn, Mendeley and Scholastica by the South Valley University (SVU)'academic staff. The study revealed that most of the respondents were aware of and using the ASNSs. Further it shows that ResearchGate demonstrated the highest level of awareness and usage followed by LinkedIn, Acedemi.edu, Mendeley and Scholastica, respectively.

3. Research Methodology

In order fulfill the objectives of the study, a well structured questionnaire was designed to collect the data from the respondents and a total of 1100 questionnaire were distributed among the PhD research scholars of science discipline in the State Universities of Tamil Nadu and 773 filled in questionnaire were received back and the response rate is 70.27%. Further the collected data were grouped under Awareness, Purposes, Perceptions and Advantages. The data were analyzed by using SPSS 11.5 version.

4. Objectives of the Study

1. To know the level of awareness on Academic Social Networking Sites (ASNS) among the PhD Research Scholars in State Universities of Tamil Nadu. …

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