Today, access to information through internet technology has become easier. "Academic social networks” which Web 2.0 technologies are used are the environments in which academics and researchers have the opportunity to share their academic work by creating their own page and they are in communication with different researchers. Users can create a professional resume that includes profiles, personal broadcasts, references and citations in the academic pages.
Within this context, many academic social network are being created every passing day and they are presented to use of all the academicians and researchers in the world.
Currently, the most widely used academic and social networks are the following:
- Google scholar,
- Epernicus Network,
With Google Scholar Citation, one of the most widely used social social networks, researchers can share their work to share with interested people all over the world, and they can easily track citations to their work. It is possible to see who refers to publications, the graph of citations made over time, and the order of citation numbers (metrics). Lists are automatically created according to the number of citations and updating of new articles and new citations.
ResearchGate, which is also the most widely used academic network, is another social academic network widely used by researchers and academics and provides an environment for sharing articles, mutual questions and answers, discussion environments and finding colleagues. Both social academic networks are free.
These kinds of networks which undertake an important role to transfer the information produced to the relevants in the world play an important role in triggering to make joint works and potential alliances in addition to sharing information among academicians.