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Adoption and use of Web 2.0 in scholarly communications

Procter, R   Williams, R   Stewart, J   Poschen, M   Snee, H   Voss, A   Asgari-Targhi, M

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A   368 (1926) 4039-4056

September 2010   (First published online August 2010)

Sharing research resources of different kinds, in new ways, and on an increasing scale, is a central element of the unfolding e-Research vision. Web 2.0 is seen as providing the technical platform to enable these new forms of scholarly communications. We report findings from a study of the use of Web 2.0 services by UK researchers and their use in novel forms of scholarly communication. We document the contours of adoption, the barriers and enablers, and the dynamics of innovation in Web services and scholarly practices. We conclude by considering the steps that different stakeholders might take to encourage greater experimentation and uptake.