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Using Social Network Analysis to Understand the Citation Life Cycle of ETDs in Taiwan
Yi Shuan Huang, Lee Chen Chen, Bao-Tzuoh Huang

Last modified: 2017-06-13

Abstract


Our previous study, the citation life cycle of ETDs in Taiwan, had presented at ETD 2016 conference. In this study, we will continue to collect the latest data and will take a step further to use social network analysis to understand and explain the citation life cycle of ETDs in Taiwan.

Open access (OA) means the removal of barriers from accessing scholarly research via the internet. However, there are some controversial points about the value of OA to ETDs. For example, we don’t know whether OA to ETDs has the potential to accelerate recognition and dissemination. In particular, OA papers make published papers immediately freely available on the web site, but it is difficult to estimate whether this paper is cited because of OA. This paper will try to figure out the citation life cycle of OA and non-OA ETDs in Taiwan.

National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in Taiwan (http://ndltd.ncl.edu.tw/) provides free on-line services to general public on theses and dissertation of academic degrees. This paper conducts a study on Taiwan ETDs through this system and is aimed at exploring the following questions:

  1. The development of OA ETDs in recent years in Taiwan
  2. The Immediacy Index of OA and Non-OA ETDs in Taiwan
  3. The citation life cycle of OA ETDs and Non-OA ETDs in Taiwan
  4. Explain the citation life cycle of ETDs in Taiwan

 

Methods

The research data of this paper is based on bibliometric and citation analysis of OA and Non-OA ETDs published from 2007 to 2016. Our measurement of quantitative statistics is focused on citation count. This study will use social network analysis to explain why OA and Non-OA ETDs’ citation life cycle is different. The research setting is in the National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations in Taiwan (http://ndltd.ncl.edu.tw/).

 

Anticipated outcome

  1. To identify the development of OA ETDs in recent years in Taiwan.
  2. The Immediacy Index is the average number of times an article is cited in the year it is published. We would like to compare the Immediacy Index of OA and Non-OA ETDs in Taiwan.
  3. To figure out and compare the citation life cycle of OA ETDs and Non-OA ETDs in Taiwan
  4. To explain the citation life cycle of ETDs in Taiwan
  5. The value of our research is that we try to demonstrate what the impact of OA could bring to ETDs.

Keywords


ETD, open access, citation

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