Research is depicted as a life cycle with three stages of preparation, research and development, and results or output stage (see Jisc full image here). From research ideas through to publication, there are many touch points where social media can offer unique opportunities to present new content (Rogers, 2019). Participating in social media can create virtual communities where sharing, creating and exchange of ideas and information happens. Sharing your ideas and research can help spark ideas for others. From the starting point of new ideas, discovering research, promoting research output, staying visible, and current, social media can help!
In Slide 13 of this presentation the author, Anand Sheombar, uses the JISC Research Life Cycle to depict how social media can be used at different stages in the life cycle. A reflection of this topic with 2019 data is available here.
A wide variety of applications can be used including, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and Twitter. Some of the perceived benefits of using social media in research include communicating internationally, faster dissemination, connect with people outside the academy and ability to cross disciplinary divides (Rowlands et al, 2011). There are more scholarly sites like Academia and ResearchGate which will be discussed more below. Take a look at the activities under ‘Try’ and then share with the 23 Things community about your discoveries using social media.
- Review Thing 5 in relation to using Twitter. Find and follow one of these research based organisations @cdu_ni, @MenziesResearch, @RIELresearch (10 minutes)
- Find a University research portal and find a paper of interest (20 minutes)
CDU’s Research Web Portal https://researchers.cdu.edu.au/en/
- Find altmetrics for research articles. For CDU staff and students: From the Library A-Z of Databases, enter the Academic Search Premier. Search for articles in your field of interest and identify any articles that has five entries for PlumX Metrics. (20-40 minutes)
References and more reading
Cann, L., Dmitriou, K. & Hooley, T. (2011). Social media: a guide for researchers. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261990960_Social_Media_A_Guide_for_ Researchers
Duque, L. (2016). How academics and researchers can get more out of social media. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2016/06/how-academics-and-researchers-can-get-more-out-of-social-media
Goodier, S. & Czerniewicz, L. (2015). Academics’ online presence: a four-step guide to taking control of your visibility. Retrieved from https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/2652
Rogers, J. (2019). The Use of Social Media and its Impact for Research. BioResources, 14(3), 5022-5024.
Sheombar, A. (2015). Social Media for Research Communication. Retrieved from https://www.slideshare.net/anandsheombar/social-media-for-research-communication
University College London. Institute of Education (2019). Social media for researchers. Retrieved from https://libguides.ioe.ac.uk/socialmedia
Rowlands, I., Nicholas, D., Russell, B., Canty, N., & Watkinson, A. (2011). Social media use in the research workflow. Learned Publishing, 24(3), 183-195. doi:10.1087/20110306
Thing 18 was written by Jayshree Mamtora and Wendy Taleo