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Online Visibility, Social Networks and Glamorous Scientific Publications

Carlos Miguel Ferreira and Sandro Serpa

International Journal of Social Science Studies, 2018, vol. 6, issue 10, 58-66

Abstract: In a context of transformation of the higher education institutions’ mission, there is a growing need for the academy to respond to the needs placed both at the political and social levels, which has implications for the scholar’s expected activity. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the growing importance, besides publishing and being cited, of having visibility in the digital world. We conclude that this new dimension, which is being added to the success and legitimacy of the scholar and his/her institution, will have probable direct consequences both on the form and on the contents of future publications. The willingness of scholars to produce publications worthy of social visibility may foster a growing number of publications that are attractive, perhaps less complex and more accessible to the “uninitiated”, what we call glamorous publications.

Keywords: scientific publication; social visibility; social impact; social attention; academia; Altmetrics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R00 Z0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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