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Completed Papers 8: Information Policy, Scholarly Communication
Friday, 24/Mar/2017:
8:30am - 10:00am

Session Chair: Joseph T. Tennis, University of Washington
Location: Hanyang Hall
Location: Third Floor Capacity: 60 Size: 73㎡

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Open Access Advocacy through Gamification: A Case Study of the “Open Robarts” Alternate Reality Game

Alissa Centivany

Western University, Canada

Open access has garnered widespread support in many academic research contexts but policy implementation continues to face challenges. This research explores the potential for open access advocacy through gamification. This work discusses a novel Alternate Reality Game launched by the University of Toronto Libraries in promotion of institutional policies and Global Open Access Week and found that gamification was a successful advocacy approach to the extent that it influenced awareness and stimulated discourse around open access, fostered wider and more diverse participation and collaboration, and raised awareness of structural and infrastructural mechanisms impacting open access.

Is Google Scholar useful for the evaluation of non-English scientific journals? The case of Chinese journals

Yang Zhang, Huilian Lun, Zhejun Yang

Sun Yat-sen University, China

This study aims to explore how useful Google Scholar is for the evaluation of non-English journals with the case of Chinese journals. Based on a sample of 150 Chinese journals across two disciplines, it provides a comparison between Google Scholar and Chongqing VIP, which is an important Chinese citation database, from three aspects: resource coverage, journal ranking and citation data. Results indicate that Google Scholar is equipped with sufficient resources and citation data for the evaluation of Chinese journals. However, the Chinese journal ranking reported by Google Scholar Metrics is not developed enough. But Google Scholar is able to be an alternative source of citation data instead of Chinese citation databases. The Average Citation is a useful metric in the evaluation of Chinese journals with data from Google Scholar to provide a comprehensive reflection of journals’ impact. Overall, Google Scholar is useful and worthy of attention when evaluating Chinese journals.

Verifiability of Internet Citations in Clinical Medicine Journals in China -- Based on the Analysis of Accessibility

Ruihan Zhao1, Ping Wang1, Jianxun Zeng2, Yi Chen1, Chuanfu Chen1

1School of Information Management, Wuhan University, 16 Luojia Hill Road, Wuhan, Hubei, PR China; 2Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China, No.15 Fuxing Road, Beijing, PR China

This research studied the accessibility issues of Internet source citation in Clinical Medicine in China, by examining 23 prestige Chinese journals published between 2000 and 2014. A total of 7,058 Internet citations were analyzed according to their URLs structure. Our results show that (1) clinical medicine articles in Chinese journals exhibited an increasing trend of citing Internet sources; (2) the percentages of inaccessible URLs significantly increased along with the increasing time since published; and (3) the citations with URLs from commercial websites, government websites and the static web pages were highly accessible. Because the inaccessible citations would decrease the reproduction of academic findings, and increase the risk in clinical practice, we suggest medical publishers, librarians and web resource providers ensure the accessibility of such citations.

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