Digital Presence of Academic Scholars: A Case of Universiti Teknologi MARA, Perlis Branch, Malaysia
As the function of internet has created various terrain for academia to plays important role in scholarly publishing, the use of academic profiling sites is seen becoming more important aspect for researchers’ to exchange and share their research ideas. However, many of them ignore the power of this regime and fully utilise its real potential, especially in Malaysia. Since there are little-written papers about profiling services in Malaysia academic context, the purpose of this study is tries to highlight the extent of online visibility among academic researchers in Universiti Teknologi MARA(UiTM), Perlis Branch. By examining five common basic online profiling sites (i.e. ResearchGate, Academia, Google Scholar Citations, ResearcherID and ORCID), we found that approximately only 37% of researchers at UiTM Perlis have at least one profile, the prevalence being highest (> 40%) for members at the Faculty of _____ and the Faculty of________. Across all disciplines, ResearchGate is the most widely used platform. However, within Faculty of _______, Academia is the preferred one. We also observed that many researchers are reluctant to maintain their different sites profiles, and there is overlap between different profiling services. Age turns out to be a poor indicator for presence in the investigated profiling sites, women are underrepresented and professors together with PhD students are the most likely profile holders.