Social Media For Researchers   Maximizing your personal impact                  Alan Cann       School of Biological Scien...
Social media: A guide for researchersCann, Dimitriou& Hooley (2011)Social media: A guidefor researchersResearch Informatio...
What is Impact?• “the demonstrable contribution that  excellent research makes to society and  the economy” (RCUK)• What a...
What are social media?
Social media for researchers           The “academic research cycle”
There is no “right way” but:• Identification of knowledge• Creation of knowledge    – more effective collaboration    – op...
Clay Shirky (2010):"Participants are different. To participate is to act asif your presence matters, as if, when you seeso...
It‟s not informationoverload, it‟s filter failure
Criticisms of social media• Growth of technology – technodeterminism?• Privacy• Banality• Peripherality• Loss of an author...
What could possibly go wrong?• Opening the kimono?• Ethics?• Peer review?• The media?• And? Murphy‟s Law?                 ...
Making an Impact:     Beyond CitationsThe Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice
alan.cann@le.ac.uk
It‟s not about tools, it‟s about    creating the right networkBad networks!                Good networks!
A tale of two networks
Workshop:Your Personal Impact    alan.cann@gmail.com
Maximizing your personal impact
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Social Media For Researchers
Maximizing your personal impact

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  1. 1. Social Media For Researchers Maximizing your personal impact Alan Cann School of Biological Sciences University of LeicesterFind me here: bit.ly/AJCann
  2. 2. Social media: A guide for researchersCann, Dimitriou& Hooley (2011)Social media: A guidefor researchersResearch InformationNetwork
  3. 3. What is Impact?• “the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy” (RCUK)• What about personal impact?• “Continual publishing across journals, blogs and social media maximises impact by increasing the size of the „academic footprint‟ ” (LSE Impact blog)
  4. 4. What are social media?
  5. 5. Social media for researchers The “academic research cycle”
  6. 6. There is no “right way” but:• Identification of knowledge• Creation of knowledge – more effective collaboration – opportunities to forge new collaborations – drawing on expertise to help with research – receiving feedback as you go – raising the profile of your work more rapidly than conventional publishing• Quality assurance of knowledge – competitive funding – ethical approval – academic line-management – peer scrutiny at conferences – peer review – publication – post-publication review, citation• Dissemination of knowledge
  7. 7. Clay Shirky (2010):"Participants are different. To participate is to act asif your presence matters, as if, when you seesomething or hear something, your response is partof the event."
  8. 8. It‟s not informationoverload, it‟s filter failure
  9. 9. Criticisms of social media• Growth of technology – technodeterminism?• Privacy• Banality• Peripherality• Loss of an authoritative perspective• Work/life balance
  10. 10. What could possibly go wrong?• Opening the kimono?• Ethics?• Peer review?• The media?• And? Murphy‟s Law? despair.com
  11. 11. Making an Impact: Beyond CitationsThe Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice
  12. 12. alan.cann@le.ac.uk
  13. 13. It‟s not about tools, it‟s about creating the right networkBad networks! Good networks!
  14. 14. A tale of two networks
  15. 15. Workshop:Your Personal Impact alan.cann@gmail.com
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