Online social networks and networked academic identity

Jordan, Katy (2014). Online social networks and networked academic identity. In: Internet Research 15.0 Doctoral Colloquium, 21 Oct 2014, Daegu, South Korea.


Academic online social networking has received increasing focus in recent years with the development of a number of services aimed specifically at academics. There has, however, been little empirical work on the subject. This study  seeks  to  understand  the  structure  and  role  of  academics’  ego-networks on social networking sites in relation to developing an academic identity and becoming professional in their disciplines. To this end, a mixed-methods social network analysis approach will be used. Current outstanding issues relating to analysis and reporting, ethics, and the role of theory, will be outlined for discussion.

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