Digital Presence of Academic Scholars: A Case of Universiti Teknologi Mara, Perlis Branch, Malaysia

11 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2018

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Azrul Abdullah

Universiti Teknologi MARA; Fakultas Vokasi

Mohamad Fadhili Yahaya

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) - Academy of Language Studies

Mazlee Mohd Noor

Universiti Malaysia Perlis

Date Written: May 1, 2018

Abstract

The advent of the Internet has triggered academia to play important roles in scholarly publication activities leading to the use of academic profiling sites for researchers to exchange and share research ideas. However, several studies have claimed that many of the academic scholars, especially in Malaysia have remained conservative and have refused to fully acknowledge the real potential of this new gadget. Since there are few written papers on online visibility in Malaysia, particularly in academic scholars’ context, the study aims to highlight the extent of online visibility among academic researchers in Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Perlis Branch. By examining five common basic online profiling sites (i.e. ResearchGate, Academia, Google Scholar, Researcher ID and ORCID), it was found that only 31.4% of researchers at UiTM, Perlis Branch had at least one profile, the Faculty of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences were the top two online profiling site users and Google Scholar was the most widely used platform. In terms of the institutional position, Senior Lecturers appeared to be the top users of profiling sites compared to Associate Professors and Lecturers. The implications of these findings were discussed.

Keywords: Online Visibility, Citations, H-Index

JEL Classification: 123, 129

Suggested Citation

Abdullah, Azrul and Yahaya, Mohamad Fadhili and Mohd Noor, Mazlee, Digital Presence of Academic Scholars: A Case of Universiti Teknologi Mara, Perlis Branch, Malaysia (May 1, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3204908 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3204908

Azrul Abdullah (Contact Author)

Universiti Teknologi MARA ( email )

Universiti Teknologi MARA
Perlis Branch, Arau Campus
Arau, Perlis 02600
Malaysia

Fakultas Vokasi ( email )

Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia
waqar.ahmed.m-2018@feb.unair.ac.id
surabaya, AK jawa timur 60115
Indonesia

Mohamad Fadhili Yahaya

Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) - Academy of Language Studies ( email )

Shah Alam
Selangor, 40450
Malaysia

Mazlee Mohd Noor

Universiti Malaysia Perlis ( email )

School of Materials Engineering
Jejawi
Arau, 02600
Malaysia

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