30 tips for successful academic research and writing

Choosing something that you are passionately interested in to research is a great first step on the road to successful academic writing but it can be difficult to keep the momentum going. Deborah Lupton explains how old-fashioned whiteboards and online networking go hand-in-hand, and advices when it is time to just ‘make a start’ or go for a bike ride. […]

To blog or not to blog: Why female academics should take the risk

Can social media help to bring women out of the shadows of academia? Women shouldn’t be afraid of blogging or self-promotion, writes Athene Donald, who finds that the mentoring support offered in the academic blogosphere can help researchers at any level stamp out their fears. The challenge of using social media as a way to overcome the frequent invisibility of […]

LSE Review of Books podcast series nominated for European Podcast Award

The LSE Review of Books podcast series has been nominated for a European Podcast Award, organised by the European Initiative Podcast Awards with the support of OLYMPUS. Cheryl Brumley, Managing Digital Editor for LSE PPG Blogs, discusses the origins of the Review’s podcast project and its potential for making impact. In April 2012, armed with little more than a pocket-sized microphone, a digital recorder, and the desire […]

Tweeting out loud: ethics, knowledge and social media in academe

Traditional and digital methods of dissemination clashed recently when a storm over live-tweeting academic conferences blew up in the US. Melonie Fullick looks at the accusation that academics can ‘use’ other people’s work to build up their online brand to benefit their academic career, at the expense of others. Many of those of us kicking around the academic Twitterverse over the […]

Knowledge mobilisation is a social process: Social media can support individuals and organisations in research dissemination

Already an active user of social media, David Phipps has recently been thinking about its potential as an academic tool. He concludes that knowledge mobilisation is continuing to evolve and that social media could grow into a powerful tool for dissemination, connect researchers with a common interest and support communities that share academic aims. In a recent book chapter, ‘Applying […]

Universities and social media: Academics need to be bold in our use of social media and not outsource digital dissemination to widget gurus

Universities are unique institutions that need social media policies that fit their goals of knowledge creation and dissemination. Mark Smithers writes that this isn’t a task that should be outsourced to ‘social media gurus’ with no knowledge of academia. My friend Inger Mewburn (@thesiswhisperer) recently wrote a thoughtful piece for The Conversation web site entitled Academics behaving badly? Universities and […]

Procrastinate until your heart’s content: we make better decisions when we take our time

In Wait: The Art of Procrastination, Frank Partnoy argues that decisions of all kinds, whether ‘snap’ or long-term, benefit from being made at the last possible moment. The art of knowing how long you can afford to delay before committing is at the heart of many a great decision, whether in a corporate takeover or a marriage proposal. Apologies are better received if they […]

September 23rd, 2012|Book Reviews, Social Media|1 Comment|

The Digital Scholar: How Technology is Transforming Scholarly Practice

A sociologist’s adventures in social media land

Deborah Lupton was pleasantly surprised when her first step into online academic discussions was met with over 2,000 readers and many instructive comments. Here, she shows how online adventures can yield productive and creative results through easy engagements with academics online.   Like many academics, I was quite oblivious to the virtues of using digital social media for professional purposes for […]

Professional digital practice in academia: From online networking to building apps

An understanding of how to present knowledge and promote learning in digital formats will soon be integral to academic practice. Deborah Lupton gives a tour of the not-to-be-missed academic digital tools available online. In my previous post, I explained the concept of digital sociology and presented four aspects I considered integral to this sub-discipline: professional digital practice, sociological analyses of […]

We must make the digital world central to sociological research

How we connect socially in the digital world must now become a central feature of sociologial study. Sociologists need to learn how to use digital media for professional purposes, but they must also explore the impact of these media.  Deborah Lupton issues a call to keyboards. What is digital sociology? Why is the term not commonly used, when the terms […]

A researcher’s survival guide to information overload and curation tools

Between constant email access through your smart phone and twitter conversations that pay no heed to boundaries of time or location, it’s easy to get lost in an online information overload. Mark Carrigan writes that curation tools are the only thing that can save a busy researcher’s sanity. Do you suffer from information overload? Do you find it difficult to […]

More than just a pretty picture? How sociologists (and other social scientists) can use Pinterest

Between Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, academics can be forgiven for struggling to keep up with the social media boom. Deborah Lupton investigates the latest popular platform, Pinterest, and finds it can be more than just a pretty picture. In fact, it has potential to be of great value to sociologists and social scientists. I have recently discovered Pinterest, a social […]

Scholars are quickly moving toward a universe of web-native communication

Jason Priem, Judit Bar-Ilan, Stefanie Haustein, Isabella Peters, Hadas Shema, and Jens Terliesner get a sense of how established the academic presence is online, and how an individual academic online profile can stand up to traditional measurements of number of publications and citations. Traditionally, scholarly impact and visibility have been measured by counting publications and citations in the scholarly literature. […]

If you don’t have social media, you are no one: How social media enriches conferences for some but risks isolating others

13,000 tweets, 430 photos and over 2,000 video views later, Dr Lisa Harris and Nicole Beale have plenty of data to investigate how social networking can change the conversation at an academic conference. Here, they report that while social media opens a new dimension to academic discussion, there are still challenges that must be addressed with its use. The impact […]

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