Welcome to the ‘Handbook of social media for early career researchers and supervisors:
digital technologies for research dialogues’
1.1 About this handbook
The goal of this handbook is to assist early career researchers and their supervisors to adopt
and use social media tools in the service of their research, and in particular, in engaging in
the discourse of research. The handbook presents an innovative suite of resources for early
career researchers and supervisors to develop and maintain a social media strategy for
1.2 Why is this handbook needed?
Social media such as wikis, blogs, social bookmarking tools, social networking websites (e.g.
Facebook), or photo- and video-sharing websites (e.g. Flickr, YouTube) facilitate gathering
and sharing of information and resources and enable collaboration. Social media is a new
form of communication that is changing behaviour and expectations of researchers,
employers and funding bodies. Although many researchers and their supervisors interact
with these tools and discuss their experiences either on the web, with their peers, or in
networking events, the material that is out there does not constitute an organised and
convenient set of resources for researchers and supervisors to learn about the opportunities
and challenges of using social media tools in their research discourse.
This handbook aims to provide a single resource for early career researchers and their
supervisors who are looking for best practice guidance in using social media in research
dialogues. The handbook has been written in a way that each section stands on its own as
much as possible and therefore, it is not necessary to read the handbook from cover to cover.