Digital Presence of Academic Scholars: A Case of Universiti Teknologi Mara, Perlis Branch, Malaysia
11 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2018
Date Written: May 1, 2018
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
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