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Keynote Talk: Structural disruptions in the reward system of science

19th April 2016

Cassidy Sugimoto, Associate Professor, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Bloomington

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Revolutions in scholarly communication have been heralded for decades. Big Science demanded new team structures and resources. The rise of digital infrastructures modified the nature of dissemination. Social media brought a new, more public face, to science communication. These turns in scholarly communication demand a reconsideration of the structural dimensions of the corresponding reward system. In this talk, I will present empirical studies on several dimensions of the reward system of science, with a focus on team composition and contribution of labor, sociodemographic characteristics of the scientific workforce, and the broadening scope of impact measurements. The discussion will examine the ways in which the infrastructure of the scholarly communication system allows or prevents barriers to collecting and analyzing these data. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of potential futures for the reward system and how these might be best achieved.


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