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Category Archives: Social Media
Feb 10 2014
Computer software and data-processing algorithms are becoming an everyday part of Higher Education. How might this be affecting research in the social sciences and the formation of the professional identities of academics? Ben Williamson argues that these are important challenges … Continue reading →
Jan 18 2014
Impact Round-Up 18th January: #altmetrics mania, adjunct invisibility, and quantitative sociology at Facebook.
Managing Editor Sierra Williams presents a round-up of popular stories from around the web on higher education, academic impact, and trends in scholarly communication. A sociologist working at facebook by Michael Corey at OrgTheory. Facebookers are heavily involved with academic pursuits…My own team (Growth … Continue reading →
Jan 15 2014
The evolution of social networking sites: the rise of content-centric platforms which favour the perpetual present.
Socio-technical trends and their underlying theoretical perspectives shed light on likely developments in store for mediated communication. Vyacheslav Polonski finds that in the coming years, new design norms will overhaul current metaphors, marking a shift from profile-centric to content-centric interactions. In the … Continue reading →
Jan 4 2014
Social media has proven itself to be a useful tool for the wider dissemination of research. Our list of the top five posts from the past year includes an A-Z guide of using social media in academia and also critically explores the … Continue reading →
Jan 2 2014
In a recent study, Haustein and colleagues found a weak correlation between the number of times a paper is tweeted about and subsequent citations. But the study also found papers from 2012 were tweeted about ten times more than papers from … Continue reading →
Dec 27 2013
There are no simple answers to the growing demand for openness in relation to education technology and scholarly communication. Audrey Watters takes a look back at how the term ‘open’ has been discussed in the last year. As open continues … Continue reading →
Dec 26 2013
From the precarious university to the rise and rise of social media: our most popular posts of 2013.
It has been a great year for the Impact of Social Sciences blog and we look forward to the exciting times ahead – particularly with the launch of our Research Book next month! But it wouldn’t be the new year without a … Continue reading →
Nov 18 2013
As academic blogging becomes mainstream, science communication must facilitate depth and breadth in online discourse.
Having recently attended a conference session on the role of online forums for science communication, Alan Cann reflects on the extent to which academic blogging is currently embedded in academic practice. Blogs are still the centre of serious online academic communication … Continue reading →
Oct 16 2013
Findings must be differentiated from speculation to ensure the responsible reporting of research to the media.
It can be hard to excite the general public about scientific results unless you talk about potential implications. But it is the duty of researchers and press officers to be crystal clear to avoid causing confusion and distress. Dorothy Bishop compares … Continue reading →
Oct 11 2013
Fast scholarship is not always good scholarship: relevant research requires more than an online presence.
Blogging and social media are tools to facilitate engagement, but are they in danger of being treated as ends in themselves? Catherine Durose and Katherine Tonkiss argue for more awareness on how the research process can democratise knowledge. Rather than quickly responding to … Continue reading →