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    The right tool for the job: Five collaborative writing tools for academics.

The right tool for the job: Five collaborative writing tools for academics.

Research collaboration now involves significant online communication. But sending files back and forth between collaborators creates redundancy of effort, causes unnecessary delays and, many times, leaves people frustrated with the whole idea of collaboration. Luckily, there are many web-based collaborative writing tools aimed at the general public or specifically at academic writers to help. Christof Schöch looks at the different tools […]

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How-to guide for building a university-administered impact management tool for academics.

Coventry University have devoted time, talent and resources to come up with an embedded management tool to help academics plan and capture the impact of their research. Julie Bayley discusses the lessons learnt through the process of creating a functional, self-service solution that appeals to administrators and academics.   As we head away from REF 2014, the HE community is […]

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Happy New Year! Our top five essential ‘How-to’ Guides of 2013

As the New Year festivities inspire personal reflection, renewed productivity and exploration, the Impact of Social Sciences team has put together our five most popular How-to Guides of 2013. If you are looking to update your academic workflow to embrace more digitally-native practices, we are here to help!

Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to using Prezi in an academic environment

Presentation boredom […]

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How to manage research papers on the go with PaperShip

Alex Hope is always on the lookout for new technology to assist with the day-to-day job of research and teaching. One of the most time-consuming tasks, he finds, is the management of his research library. PaperShip – a new IOS app for managing research papers on the iPad and iPhone – seems set to become a go to reading and […]

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Using Pinterest to create reading lists: a step by step guide

With Autumn well on the way, students and academics are preparing for the excitement of the new term and publishers everywhere are looking to attract our attention with a bountiful selection of new academic and fiction releases. Bringing these together, LSE Review of Books Managing Editor Amy Mollett talks readers through making beautiful reading lists using social bookmarking tool Pinterest. Every […]

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Opening up your research: a guide to self-archiving

Making your research available on open access services increases citation and helps ensure greater impact, argues Deborah Lupton. In this post she has advice for sociologists in particular on different ways to self-archive, formatting and how to overcome barriers such as complex copyright legislation. I have been reading more and more about the virtues of making one’s academic research available on […]

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Top 5 social media platforms for research development

Social media outlets are becoming essential for academia, not just for the promotion of research but for research development as well. Andy Miah provides an overview of his top picks for the social media newbie and argues that if used well, these platforms will allow academics to digest more content, more quickly. We must figure out how to use social media in […]

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Best Practice for Tagging Academic Notes

In conjunction with our post earlier today on using Evernote for knowledge mobilization, Allan Johnson provides some useful guidance on establishing an efficient tagging workflow to make the most out of online note-taking and project management. In practice, tagging can become an extremely helpful way to get to the information you need and to spot previously unrecognised relationships between ideas. Since […]

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Three views on using Evernote to improve personal productivity and transform academic knowledge mobilization

Anne Bergen, Gavan Watson and Caitlin Holton explore the relationship between academic data management and knowledge mobilization through the use of Evernote, the popular personal note-taking software. Evernote can be used for both sharing and storing information and can support and contribute to academic productivity and improved knowledge management practices. Personal productivity software tends to attract fervent devotees. Googling “Evernote-super-fan” yields over 1.3 million […]

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Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to using Prezi in an academic environment

Presentation boredom can be a significant barrier to academic communication. Ned Potter provides guidance on the strengths and weaknesses of Prezi as a fresh approach to the PowerPoint doldrums. Prezi favours a non-linear format which also allows for more self-guided autonomy for viewers. But Prezi isn’t brilliant for accessibility and the whizzy technology can interfere with what you’re trying to say. Helpful […]

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GitHub for Academics: the open-source way to host, create and curate knowledge

Though originally developed as a way to share and merge software code, any types of files can be part of a GitHub repository, making it a great collaborative tool for academics, finds Kris Shaffer. Since any open-licensed project can be hosted on GitHub for free, it can function as a publishing platform, a peer-review system, a learning management tool, and a locus for intra- and […]

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How to read a computer screen: the latest tools to ease on-screen reading

Our time is increasingly being spent in front of a computer screen. Transitioning to a fully paperless setup may require some changes to efficient working ways.  Nick Blackbourn provides advice for setting up your computer for heavy duty on-screen reading. He offers tips here on how to cut out the fluff and focus on core texts, navigate PDFs, and reduce eye strain from […]

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Future of Impacts: ‘How to’ guide to social media, podcasting, blogging and writing your REF impact case study

Missed our ‘How to’ sessions at the recent Future of Impacts conference? Never fear, our ‘How to’ social media, podcasting, blogging and impact case study guides are here. Listen to the Impact of Social Sciences team podcast and peruse the presentations. ‘How to’ podcast If you missed out on any of our breakout sessions from the Future of Impacts conference, catch up […]

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How to manage a research library with Zotero

Keeping up to date with research and managing an ever-increasing number of journal articles is skill that must be well-honed by academics. Here, Alex Hope sets out how his workflow has developed using Zotero, Dropbox, Goodreader and his iPad. Article Discovery I use a variety of methods to keep on top of research in my field, and to search for articles when […]

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Google Scholar Citations is now open to everyone. It shows great promise as a free, reliable way to track and compare academic impact over time.

Google is once again making progress in organising the world’s information, this time by systematising the way scholarly citations are noted. Professor Patrick Dunleavy creates his Google Scholar profile and finds the process intuitive, helpful, and a welcome alternative to traditional measures of academic influence. . After a ‘quiet launch’ over the summer Google has opened up its Google Scholar Citations capability to […]

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Have your say: Who are your favourite academic tweeters?

Many academics have embraced social media as a tool for networking and disseminating research. Inspired by the overwhelming response we received following a call for twitter tips, we’re asking you to suggest your favourite academics on twitter.

The LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog is preparing to launch an essential, downloadable guide to tweeting for impact.

The guide is aimed at academics, researchers […]

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How to use Harzing’s ‘Publish or Perish’ software to assess citations – a step-by-step guide

In his recent blog post on the need for a digital census of  academic research, Patrick Dunleavy argued that the ‘Publish or Perish’ software, developed by Professor Anne-Wil Harzing of Melbourne University and based on Google Scholar data, could provide an exceptionally easy way for academics to record details of their publications and citation instances. An academic with a reasonably […]

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Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to choosing article titles

One of the key tasks for an article author who wants to be cited is to quickly persuade people to click on the title of their piece and learn more from the abstract or book outline, and then from there to persuade them to download the whole article. Here we present a simple ‘how-to’ guide to choosing article titles. At […]

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Your essential ‘how-to’ guide to writing good abstracts

Article abstracts typically say little about what the researcher has discovered or what the key findings are, what they are arguing as a ‘bottom line’, or what key ‘take-away points’ they want readers to remember. Here we present a simple ‘how-to’ guide to writing good abstracts. Abstracts tend to be rather casually written, perhaps at the beginning of writing when […]

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