Social media for researchers - maximizing your personal impact


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  • RCUK: Pathways to Impact Impact Blog:
  • What about younger academics?
  • The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice
  • No one else will do it for you.
  • Social media for researchers - maximizing your personal impact

    1. 1. Social Media For Researchers Maximizing your personal impact Alan Cann School of Biological Sciences University of LeicesterFind me here: This talk: More info: delicious | CiteUlike
    2. 2. You want microbiology? We got microbiology!GoogleTwitter – foafGoogle+ –
    3. 3. Social media: A guide for researchersCann, Dimitriou& Hooley (2011)Social media: A guidefor researchersResearch InformationNetwork
    4. 4. 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)
    5. 5. “It’s easy for you to say that” But is top-down innovation possible?
    6. 6. Social media for researchers The “academic research cycle”
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. 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."
    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?
    11. 11. Making an Impact: Beyond Citations “Recognising and rewarding digital scholarship is significant for two reasons: The first is the message it sends to individuals within the university… The second reason to recognise digital scholarship is to encourage institutional innovation.”The Digital Scholar: How Technology Is Transforming Scholarly Practice
    12. 12. AJC European Tour 2012
    13. 13. It‟s not about tools, it‟s about creating the right networkBad networks! Good networks!
    14. 14. Just do it.