Saturday, 4 June 2016

Twitter As a Tool for Sharing Your Research | AJE American Journal Experts


Twitter As a Tool for Sharing Your Research

Here are a few suggestions for using Twitter to find new readers (and potential citations).
spend countless hours drafting, revising, and perfecting their
manuscripts before submission. Historically, the efforts end when a
journal publishes the final version. However, in today’s scholarly
publishing world, over 2 million articles are published each year, and
savvy researchers are finding other ways to ensure that their work is
noticed. Among the many possible avenues to share research, Twitter
stands out as a fast and easy solution. Here are a few suggestions for
using Twitter to find new readers (and potential citations):

Build a network of colleagues in your field

have the best chance of reaching interested people, focus on building a
network of researchers in your area of study. Chances are you know a
couple of people on Twitter, so start by following them and telling them
that you are on Twitter, too. Ask around at your next department
meeting; you may be surprised who already has a Twitter account (after
all, 1 in 40 scholars is active on Twitter).
Colleagues with similar research interests are the most likely to give
you good feedback on new work and to eventually cite you.

Engage with influencers in the scholarly publishing world

are that you and your closest colleagues do not have very many Twitter
followers. It can take a significant amount of time to cultivate a
strong following. So if you can’t reach very many people directly, what
can you do? For one, find influencers in your field. Influencers are
people with strong followings (hundreds or even thousands of Twitter
followers). Engage in conversations with these people, and offer links
to your research if it is something that might interest them. Getting
your comments or work retweeted by someone with a strong presence on
Twitter can greatly increase your reach. Of course, you don’t want to
just start tweeting your papers directly to an influencer; take the time
to respond to their tweets and show an interest in their thoughts.

Choose a journal that actively shares new papers already

A number of journals are active on Twitter; Methods in Ecology and Evolution
actually requires authors to provide a “tweetable” abstract of 120
characters. If your work is accepted by one of these journals, they will
likely help you spread the news. Even if the journal that published
your work is not on Twitter, you can share your work with other journals
publishing related material. Again, you don’t want to simply spam every
possible journal with tweets, but if your work is relevant to an
article tweeted by a journal in your field, let them know.

Get tweeting!

Twitter is not a magic bullet, and there is no obvious correlation between Twitter mentions and subsequent citations
at this time. Still, taking a few seconds to share a link could lead to
hundreds of new readers, and you never know if one of them will be
extremely interested in what they see

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Twitter As a Tool for Sharing Your Research | AJE American Journal Experts

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