Web visibility of communication scholars: the case of the Netherlands

Chung Joo Chung (Kyungpook National University, Daegu, South Korea) and Han Woo Park (Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, South Korea) recently published an article on web visibility of communication scholars In the journal Scientometrics (Chung & Park, online first). Using Microsoft’s search engine Bing, they sought and found 576 (having at least three publications in SSCI communication journals) and looking at co-occurrences of names on websites. Subsequently the data was analyzed using network analysis.
Being a communication scholar myself, I was of course very interested in the study, particularly the case of the Netherlands they presented. However, because the graphs printed in the PDF were quite small, Chung Joo Chung sent me the original version. And to my surprise I was in it! This shows it is worthwhile to create a web presence as an academic, particularly because the authors suggest web visibility can be considered as another indicator (besides ISI-ranked publications) of academic performance.

Source: Chung, C., & Park, H. (online first). Web visibility of scholars in media and communication journals. Scientometrics, 1–9. doi:10.1007/s11192-012-0707-8

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Maurice Vergeer

I am Maurice Vergeer, working at Communication Science department of the Radboud University Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.