From reference to network management: Differences in platform strategies to entice users

Research Information Systems (CRIS) are being deployed in an increasing number of universities. They rely heavily on the cooperation of affiliated researchers to ensure data quality and accuracy. While the motivation of managers to implement these systems is well-articulated, it remains challenging to entice users into constantly updating their publication data.

At the same time a growing number of researchers invest time in updating platform for reference management. These platforms are positioning themselves not only as reference managers but as an academic social network on which researchers make themselves visible based on their publications. 

The idea of this thesis is to explore different platform strategies to entice users and to identify the needs to which these platforms respond. This serves the purpose to better understand the needs of researchers as users of a CRIS-database.

Basic information about a CRIS can be found at: