sis can tell us a great deal about the relationships
between people and between entities. Search engines
such as Google exploit the linkages within a network
to determine the implicit ranking of pages. The
same analytic method, as used in this article, enables
us to reveal the importance of journals in the network of computing-related scholarship. Thus, this
research provides guidance to scholars in assessing
the importance of a particular outlet in a specific
academic publication network.
In the age of the Internet, networks are dynamic
and new technologies threaten the equilibrium of
existing relationships. For example, journal reputations tend to be long-standing, but what is the effect
of a potential reshaping of search strategies? In the days
of paper-based journals, searching was often confined
to those journals with the highest reputation. Now,
facilities such as the ACM Portal and Google Scholar
support searching across a wide range of journals.
Electronic searching, compared to manual searching,
means scholars can focus on finding highly relevant
articles in a broad domain rather than restricting
themselves to a small set of journals. As a result, we
might see changes in journal relationships as a consequence of these new tools, and more broadly, we are
likely to see changes in the nature of networks as a
result of the adoption of new technologies for linking
people and accessing information. c
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GRETA L. POLITES ( firstname.lastname@example.org) is a doctoral student in the
MIS Department, Terry College of Business, at the University of
RICHARD T. WATSON ( email@example.com) is the J. Rex Fuqua
Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy in the MIS Department,
Terry College of Business, at the University of Georgia, Athens.
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