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Curating your scholarly identity

A guide to help busy researchers raise the profile of their research

What about social media?

Social media is an important tool for extending your audience outreach and enabling largescale communication. There are many benefits to using social media for research:

  • Discover new research & stay updated with research in your area
  • Build your research network and find potential collaborators
  • Discover calls for papers, funding and conferences
  • Share your research online (link to articles or blog posts about your research)
  • Engage with audiences and the public, e.g. practitioners, policy-makers etc.
  • Discover how people are engaging with your research and get feedback

If you choose to use the social media environment to further curate your scholarly presence, it is important to develop a strategy. RRU researchers Jaime Clifton-Ross, Prof. Ann Dale and Dr. Jaigris Hodson have developed a series of best practices to help develop a social media strategy in Part 3 of their guide “Academic Research Curation Best Practices". 

*This section is adapted under a Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial NoDerivatives 4.0 International license from Academic Research Curation Best Practices authored by Jaime Clifton-Ross, Prof. Ann Dale and Dr. Jaigris Hodson, Royal Roads University.

Considerations for using social media to share your work

  • Create content on one platform (e.g. Twitter) and share it on other platforms to reach different audiences and communities
  • Tailor your message to your target audience
  • Try to engage with people as much as you can to build your network
  • Keep your profiles updated with accurate information and use the same username or handle across all accounts so others can identify you easily
  • Some researchers may experience online harassment or trolling over various social networks as a result of sharing their research or the research itself. The Science Media Centre and Taylor & Francis have developed guides for dealing with online harassment in academia to support researchers in sharing their work to have an impact.
  • Read more about how researchers can use Twitter to promote their research.
  • Data privacy: Before signing up to any tools or platforms, be aware that your profile is usually public and read the small print (who owns your data? Are there any copyright restrictions for posting your research?).

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