At the beginning of the last month I attended the 7th ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (SocialCom'14) and the 2nd IEEE/ASE International Conference on Big Data Science and Computing. Beijing is a fascinating, world class city that is very much worth a visit for the international ambiance and history. The two conferences were held together at the Tsinghua University, which is reportedly the most prestigious technical university in China and one of the top technical universities in the world.
I presented in Beijing the preliminary results of our research on the interplay between online activity and academic output of HASTAC Scholars. The audience was mainly composed of faculty and graduate engineering students and professional IEEE/ASE members, so there was not a lot of discussion on what we believe to be the most interesting results of this research. The proceedings of SocialCom and BigDataScience are not available yet, but they should feature the papers "Bridging Structural Holes: Scholarly Collaboration in Online Social Networks" and "Scholarly Collaboration in the HASTAC Social Network."
The good news is that we finally wrapped up this research and submitted the whitepaper to the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS’15), to be held on January 5-8, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt, Kauai. We are very pleased that the paper "Outcompeting Traditional Peers? Scholarly Social Networks and Academic Output" has been accepted for the HICSS conference and a preprint of the paper is available at the EAGER repository. The quality of the reviews was outstanding and we are convinced that the paper has found the right audience at the track "Digital and Social Media - Social Networking and Communities."
The final paper accepted for publication in the HICSS proceedings presents a more developed work compared to the paper presented at the SocialCom earlier this year. We managed to fully explore the interplay between online activity and academic output of HASTAC Scholars. This was only possible because HASTAC data is publicly-accessible, but more importantly, because HASTAC Scholars did a fabulous contribution to this research by actively participating in our survey. We are indebted to the HASTAC Scholars who participate so selflessly in this endeavour, and we hope they can keep building and bridging this network.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1243622. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.