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What do we mean by scholarly activity?
Scholarly Activity refers to the posting of research outputs in online tools that are used by academic scholars. These tools include Academic Identifiers and scholarly networking sites.
Scholarly networking tools are used to build communities of scholars with similar research interests, facilitating:
- Access to publications and research outputs
- Connecting and collaborating with colleagues, peers, co-authors, and specialists in your area of research
- Tracking who has been downloading, reading and citing your work
- Hosting a forum for asking questions, getting answers, and finding solutions to research problems
Scholarly Networking Tools:
These tools are primarily used for scholarly networking.
ResearchGate tends to be used by researchers from life and physical science disciplines, particularly medicine and biology.
Academia is used by researchers from a broader range of disciplines including humanities and social sciences.
Research networks with bibliographic management tools:
Sharing libraries helps to extend your research networks and raise the visibility of publications that you have compiled for your research.
Mendeley combines a reference and data management tool with collaboration tools and a job network.
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
The table below compares these four widely used scholarly networking tools:
Comparison of scholarly networking tools
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