A framework for researcher participation in Research Information Management Systems Academic Article uri icon


  • 2019 Elsevier Inc. Ensuring the quality of information is a critical ethical issue for any information system. Research Information Management Systems (RIMSs) need to engage researchers in sharing research information and knowledge, and ensuring its quality. This paper introduces a theoretical framework for researcher participation in RIMSs. The framework is grounded in empirical research and can guide the design of RIMSs by defining typologies of researcher activities in RIMSs, related motivations, levels of participation, and metadata profiles. In addition, the framework defines discipline- and seniority-specific priorities for the researcher's activities and motivations. RIMS managers and scholarly communications librarians can use the framework to assemble RIMS service and metadata profiles that are tailored to the researcher's context. Likewise, the framework can guide the construction of communication messages personalized to the researcher's priorities and her or his motivations for engaging in a specific activity, which will enhance the researcher's engagement with the RIMS.

published proceedings

  • The Journal of Academic Librarianship

altmetric score

  • 8.662

author list (cited authors)

  • Stvilia, B., Wu, S., & Lee, D. J.

complete list of authors

  • Stvilia, Besiki||Wu, Shuheng||Lee, Dong Joon

publication date

  • May 2019