The following article was recently published by the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (JOLIS). SAGE (publisher of JOLIS) is currently (as of Jan. 12, 2017) lowering the paywall for access to the full text article.
University at Buffalo
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
First Published December 6, 2017
A survey of iSchool and Library and Information Science American Library Association accredited school heads explored their use and opinions about academic social media platforms. Results show that ResearchGate is the venue of choice, although respondents do not believe maintaining a profile on academic social media platforms influences academic careers. Respondents do see the value of academic social media sites to enhance visibility and reputation. These data are complemented with an analysis of the visibility on academic/professional social media platforms of this group. The altmetric indicators derived from the data were compared to traditional bibliometric indicators.