Self-presentation in scholarly profiles: Characteristics of images and perceptions of professionalism and attractiveness on academic social networking sites

Andrew Tsou, Timothy D. Bowman, Thomas Sugimoto, Vincent Larivière, Cassidy R. Sugimoto, First Monday, Apr 01, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

An actual study in a real journal - no fools! "This study used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service to code 10,500 profile pictures used by scholars on three platforms — Mendeley, Microsoft Academic Search, and Google Scholar — in order to determine how academics are presenting themselves to their colleagues and to the public at large and how they are perceived — particularly in relation to professionalism and attractiveness."

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