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Much Obliged: Analyzing the Importance and Impact of Acknowledgements in Scholarly Communication
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Author rights, peer review, open access, and the role of institutional repositories have all come under scrutiny by scholars, librarians, and legal experts in the last decade. Much of the conversation is centered on liberating information from the confinements of legal, financial, and hierarchical restraints. The relevancy of traditional citation analysis too, understood within the framework of an h-Index and Eigen factor, is under scrutiny with the rise of altmetrics. Collectively, these issues form the core of the scholarly communication process, from creation to dissemination to impact. However, an overlooked facet of the scholarly communication process is the acknowledgement. As an expression of scholarly debt, the acknowledgment is an important facet of intellectual networks. Not only does the acknowledgement demonstrate the intellectual contributions of colleagues, advisors, funding agencies, and mentors but also the significance of librarians in the scholarly communication process.
This paper was made possible by a research grant from theAcademic Library Association of Ohio. Intellectual debt is acknowledged to Bruce Rogers, Postdoctoral Fellow at The Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), for unraveling the complexities of intellectual networks and statistics.