Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Social media - Keeping Your Research Current - Guides at University of Western Australia

Source: http://guides.is.uwa.edu.au/c.php?g=325346&p=2178068

Research on social media and the open web

Many academic researchers or research groups use social media to
alert their colleagues to  research developments; or share information
using scholarly communities on the web. These sites can be a valuable
way of keeping up to date. Twitter, blogs, email lists or discussion
groups and online scholarly communities are some of the ways in which
you can 'keep up to date'.

The London School of Economics' Impact of Social Sciences blog is an example of a group using twitter to alert 'followers' to new blog content and to promote discussion.

 The group has also produced a useful introduction for academics entitled Using Twitter in university research, teaching and impact activities: A guide for academics and researchers

Using Twitter

Twitter is a microblogging service that is optimised for mobile devices, and is great for learning about and sharing research. You can:

    • Follow key researchers or research groups in your subject area who
      use Twitter to alert followers to new posts in an academic blog or new
      articles or  breaking news.
    • Reply to journalists or scholars in your field and ' re-post'
      links to articles through your own account to pass them on to people who
      'follow' you.
    • Alert your 'followers' to your research interests and exchange ideas and information.

Anatomy of a tweet


 To learn more about how twitter works checkout Getting Started with Twitter  or the LSE Guide to using Twitter for university research.

Using blogs

You can subscribe to blogs that have
been created by indiviuals or groups who 'post' items for information or
discussion. Research groups, individual researchers, media outlets
 and professional orgnaisations are some possible 'bloggers'. Readers
who subscribe to a blog can post their responses.  

Networks or communities of scholars

Networks or Communities of Scholars can be broad and global in scale, such as Arxiv or SSRN, or more nationally or locally focussed, such as the  Centre for Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation (CEMI). These communities can be hosted and operate on web sites, blogs or email (discussion) lists.

Finding an online community of fellow researchers can be a valuable
way of hearing about developments in your subject area and exchanging
ideas. You can usually subscribe to these communities using RSS and many  use Twitter to alert followers to new posts or articles.

Social media - Keeping Your Research Current - Guides at University of Western Australia

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