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    Policy impact and online attention: Tracking the path from research to public policy on the social web.

Policy impact and online attention: Tracking the path from research to public policy on the social web.

The process by which research gets put into action is far from clear cut, argues Stacy Konkiel. Extracting references to research from policy documents is a step towards illuminating the murky path. But we should be careful not to disregard other forms of evidence like online and media mentions as they are closely interrelated and may even lead to quicker impacts […]

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    Should you #DeleteAcademiaEdu? On the role of commercial services in scholarly communication.

Should you #DeleteAcademiaEdu? On the role of commercial services in scholarly communication.

Reflecting on the recent surge of criticism about the commercial motives of scholarly social media platform Academia.edu, Paolo Mangiafico argues this is now an ideal opportunity for scholars to make informed choices about their work. If you are comfortable with the trade-offs and risks, and willing to exchange those for the service provided, then don’t #DeleteAcademiaEdu. But consider whether alternatives exist that will meet […]

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    Q+A with Bonnie Stewart: “We are part of a society and an academy where the personal/professional divide is blurring”

Q+A with Bonnie Stewart: “We are part of a society and an academy where the personal/professional divide is blurring”

LSE’s NetworkED seminar series for 2016 kick starts this Wednesday (20 January) with Bonnie Stewart. Here she provides a brief look into her research on scholarly identities and how relatively open social spaces like Twitter can be used by scholars for immersive professional development. But, she notes, this space is not without risks. The session will be streamed live and can […]

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    The moral baseline of social media policies: Institutions and scholars need to examine practices with a critical eye

The moral baseline of social media policies: Institutions and scholars need to examine practices with a critical eye

Although scholars are often encouraged to promote their research online, institutional recognition of networked scholarship often appears to be as much about control and surveillance as about integrating public scholarship into academic criteria for success. George Veletsianos argues staff members, faculty, and administrators need to work together to devise forward-thinking policies that take into account the complex realities present in […]

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Top Posts of 2015: Social Media and Digital Scholarship

An antidote to futility: Why academics (and students) should take blogging / social media seriously
Blogs are now an established part of the chattersphere/public conversation, especially in international development circles, but Duncan Green finds academic take-up lacking. Here he outlines the major arguments for taking blogging and social media seriously. It doesn’t need to become another onerous time-commitment. Reading a […]

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    ‘First you see, then you know’: Becoming more creative in academic work

‘First you see, then you know’: Becoming more creative in academic work

Across disciplines and projects, there can be pressure for researchers to provide novel insights. But this can be easier said than done. Patrick Dunleavy offers some helpful strategies for innovative and creative thinking. Look beyond your discipline and through forms of science and scholarly communication that are more accessible. And make sure to keep a record (perhaps as a blog?) so you don’t […]

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The ResearchGate Score: a good example of a bad metric

According to ResearchGate, the academic social networking site, their RG Score is “a new way to measure your scientific reputation”. With such high aims, Peter Kraker, Katy Jordan and Elisabeth Lex take a closer look at the opaque metric. By reverse engineering the score, they find that a significant weight is linked to ‘impact points’ – a similar metric to the […]

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    Being trained by Twitter stats: Social media and the expanding ways we are measured in everyday life.

Being trained by Twitter stats: Social media and the expanding ways we are measured in everyday life.

With the wider availability of real-time analytics on social media, what do all these metrics mean for the way that we interact with each other and for how we understand and judge ourselves? David Beer argues these developments could be seen as part of the broader metricisation of society. As we respond to performance metrics in our workplaces, so too we are […]

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    Standing on the shoulders of the Google giant: Sustainable discovery and Google Scholar’s comprehensive coverage.

Standing on the shoulders of the Google giant: Sustainable discovery and Google Scholar’s comprehensive coverage.

The 11th anniversary of Google Scholar passed yesterday. Max Kemman provides an overview of the growth and impact of the platform and also looks at why Google Scholar is virtually unrivaled. The scholarly community might ask whether it is entirely desirable that Google plays such an important role in the scholarly workflow. Not only does Google Scholar have a known effect on discovery and citation […]

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    101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: How researchers are getting to grip with the myriad of new tools.

101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: How researchers are getting to grip with the myriad of new tools.

There has been a surge of new scholarly communication tools in recent years. But how are researchers incorporating these tools into their research workflows? Jeroen Bosman and Bianca Kramer are conducting a global survey to investigate the choices researchers are making and why. Insights from these surveys will be valuable for libraries, research support, funders, but also for researchers themselves.

Are we […]

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    Addressing anxiety in the teaching room: Innovative techniques to enhance mathematics and statistics education.

Addressing anxiety in the teaching room: Innovative techniques to enhance mathematics and statistics education.

Mathematics and statistics anxiety is one of the major challenges involved in communicating complex mathematical concepts to non-specialists. Meena Kotecha reports back from a recent conference where educators and researchers presented on how they have addressed the issue of anxiety in the classroom. Individual learning requirements need to be carefully considered in order to promote a climate that is […]

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    Facebook and the digital romance economy: courtship, scams, and internet regulation in the global South.

Facebook and the digital romance economy: courtship, scams, and internet regulation in the global South.

Through the controversial internet.org initiative, Facebook now serves as The Internet to the majority of the world’s marginalized demographic. The Politics of Data series continues with Payal Arora discussing the role of Facebook and internet regulation in the global South. While the West have had privacy laws in place since the 1970s, the emerging markets are only now seriously grappling with this. This […]

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    A European Twitter sphere? What tweets on the Greek bailout say about how Europeans interact online.

A European Twitter sphere? What tweets on the Greek bailout say about how Europeans interact online.

To what extent does twitter provide a platform for the emergence of a European public sphere? Max Hänska and Stefan Bauchowitz outline preliminary results from a study on the use of twitter by Europeans during the negotiations that produced the provisional agreement on a third bailout programme for Greece in July. They write that there is some clear evidence […]

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    Looking Forward: Social data informs us about society, but also about the forces that will come to shape the future.

Looking Forward: Social data informs us about society, but also about the forces that will come to shape the future.

From online engagement software to leveraging search data for prediction, social data analysis is at the forefront of groundbreaking research. Anne Burns explores the topics recently discussed by academics and industry leaders. Academia needs to be aware of these discussions in order to provide a critical response to them and to assist in developing ethical and sustainable forms of practice. […]

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    Enter Alternative Metrics: Indicators that capture the value of research and richness of scholarly discourse

Enter Alternative Metrics: Indicators that capture the value of research and richness of scholarly discourse

Many scholars have begun to turn to alternative metrics over traditional impact indicators as the online transmission and referencing of research outputs requires an updated understanding of how research makes an impact. Danielle Padula and Catherine Williams introduce the changing landscape.

This article is an excerpt from The Evolution of Impact Indicators: From bibliometrics to altmetrics, a collection on the state of […]

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    Web analytics in the workplace: What Amazon and web newsrooms have in common – and where they differ.

Web analytics in the workplace: What Amazon and web newsrooms have in common – and where they differ.

The Politics of Data series continues with an investigation of how data-driven performance measurements operate in the workplace. What can we learn from the case of clicks in online news? Drawing from her ethnographic research shadowing web journalists, Angèle Christin illuminates the ambiguous and rather vague sets of meanings associated with clicks and web metrics that have become so omnipresent in online […]

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    The growing user base of Academia. edu presents new issues for the sharing and dissemination of research.

The growing user base of Academia. edu presents new issues for the sharing and dissemination of research.

Academia.edu, the online academic network for sharing research papers, appears to be expanding its user base within the academic community and drawing interest from the wider public. Alistair Brown looks at what might happen as the lines between researchers and public audiences on the network become blurred. For example, academic users of the network are trained to appreciate what a […]

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    Rather than a restrictive ‘social media policy’, create a ‘social media playbook’ – Lessons from Social Media Week.

Rather than a restrictive ‘social media policy’, create a ‘social media playbook’ – Lessons from Social Media Week.

The social web is now fully embedded into our lives. It’s the new normal in audience behaviour and university and employer brands ignore it at their peril. But how are organisations tackling the challenge? Amy Mollett, LSE Social Media Manager, and Sarah Guthrie, LSE Head of Internal Communications, share six things they learned at the Social Media Week […]

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