[Sigmetrics] Metrics in academic profiles: a new addictive game for researchers?

gopal at annauniv.edu gopal at annauniv.edu
Wed Sep 28 00:32:04 EDT 2016

Dear All,

I thank the authors Enrique Orduna-Malea, Alberto Martín-Martín and Emilio
Delgado López-Cózar for the very interesting observations made in their
paper found in the trace of this mail.

IMHO, there is more...

"Organic Content Amplification" is an emerging strategy to keep live any
form of content created / generated. The amplification implies spending
more time in further distributing content when it’s clearly improving the
set of chosen metrics. It may not cost much.

"Neglecting your existing content = losing money" may also be a maxim in
the process.

Your thoughts...

Warmest Regards

Gopal T V
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> The academic social networks, where authors can display their
> publications, have become new scientific communication channels,
accelerating the dissemination of research results, facilitating data
sharing, and strongly promoting scientific collaboration, all at no cost
to the user. One of the features that make them extremely attractive to
researchers is the possibility to browse through a wide variety of
bibliometric indicators. Going beyond publication and citation counts,
they also measure usage, participation in the platform, social
> connectivity, and scientific, academic and professional impact. Using
these indicators they effectively create a digital image of researchers
and their reputations. However, although academic social platforms are
useful applications that can help improve scientific communication, they
also hide a less positive side: they are highly addictive tools that
might be abused. By gamifying scientific impact using techniques
originally developed for videogames, these platforms may get users
hooked on them, like addicted academics, transforming what should only
be a means into an end in itself.
> This paper aims to promote
> reflection and bring attention to the potential adverse effects of
academic social networks on science.
> Paper available at
> https://www.researchgate.net/publication/308419747_Metrics_in_academic_profiles_a_new_addictive_game_for_researchers
> ---
> Emilio Delgado López-Cózar
> Facultad de Comunicación y
> Documentación
> Universidad de
> Granada
> http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=es&user=kyTHOh0AAAAJ
> https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Emilio_Delgado_Lopez-Cozar
> http://googlescholardigest.blogspot.com.es
> Dubitando
> ad veritatem pervenimus (Cicerón, De officiis. A. 451...)
> Contra data
> non argumenta
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