Advancing your Career with Social Media: Why social media?
Resources for students and researchers interested in using social media platforms for networking, information management and promoting their research through nontraditional channels.
Using Social Media for Job Searches and Networking
Social networking plays an important role in job searches. Well developed profiles are the first step and creating a strong network pays off when you are looking for a job. Those seeking highly skilled and well paid positions benefit most from active use of their social networks. It pays to develop strong connections through regular engagement such as posting, contributing to discussions and offering help to others when you can.
Why Use Social Media as an Academic?
Using social media can benefit you as a researcher by making your work accessible to a much wider audience than the one that reads technical journals. Blogging and Tweeting about your published work has been shown to be very effective at creating greater interest and more downloads from an open repository. Succinctly communicating the importance of your work and your findings on social media can also improve your other technical communications. See this recent post from "Inside Higher Ed" about effective use of social media.
- Science outreach using FacebookThe typical individual scientist’s audience is large and personally connected, potentially leading to both a broad and deep engagement in science. Moreover, this media values individual expertise, allowing scientists to serve as a “Nerd of Trust” for their online friend and family networks. Science outreach via social media demands a renewed interest, and Facebook may be an overlooked high-return, low-risk science outreach tool in which scientists can play a valuable role to combat disinformation.
- Value of social media in advancing surgical researchSocial media allows instant and unrestricted access, multilateral connections, and rapid idea and research sharing among international users, and is transforming modern research communication.
- The effect of blogging and tweeting your researchPapers that were highlighted in a blog post and then tweeted tweeted had a minimum of 11 times more downloads than those that had not been given that exposure.
Guidelines for Using Social Media for Promoting your Research
Consider these guidelines for using social media to promote your research:
Follow key people in your field or whose work may impact your own
Post regular updates on your projects using relevant hashtags
Use pictures and videos to make them eye-catching
Shorten hyperlinks to make them shorter and more meaningful using sites such as bitly.com or tinyurl.com
Provide links to your social media profiles on your research homepage
Use Atmetrics to measure your research impact through social media mentions
- Social media: a guide for researchersThis guide will show you how you can use social media to help your research and your career. Social
media have big implications for how researchers (and people in general) communicate and collaborate.
Researchers have much to gain from engaging with social media in various aspects of their work. This
guide will provide you with information to make an informed decision about using social media and
enable you to select wisely from the vast range of tools that are available.
- Ten Simple Rules for Innovative Dissemination of ResearchHow we communicate research is changing because of new (especially digital) possibilities. This article sets out 10 easy steps researchers can take to disseminate their work in novel and engaging ways, and hence increase the impact of their research on science and society.
Using Social Media for Managing Information Overload
Researchers face the challenge of absorbing a continually increasing volume of information in order to stay abreast of new developments in their field. Social media can be a short cut that allows you to use your network to share information in a summarized form and sidestep information that has little value.
From Social Media: A Guide for Researchers https://derby.openrepository.com/handle/10545/196715