• Permalink Gallery

    How to make altmetrics useful in societal impact assessments: shifting from citation to interaction approaches

How to make altmetrics useful in societal impact assessments: shifting from citation to interaction approaches

The suitability of altmetrics for use in assessments of societal impact has been questioned by certain recent studies. Ismael Ràfols, Nicolas Robinson-García and Thed N. van Leeuwen propose that, rather than mimicking citation-based approaches to scientific impact evaluation, assessments of societal impact should be aimed at learning rather than auditing, and focused on understanding the engagement approaches that lead […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Measuring and engineering influence on social media: what does this mean for political power?

Measuring and engineering influence on social media: what does this mean for political power?

In 2016, the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump resolutely demonstrated the political power of social media. David Beer asks how we might better understand ‘influence’ in the machinations of social media, and how this influence might be harnessed by those in, or seeking, office.
One of the most interesting features of the new types of social media analytics […]

December 19th, 2016|Big Data, Social Media|0 Comments|
  • Permalink Gallery

    Book Review: Social Media in an English Village by Daniel Miller

Book Review: Social Media in an English Village by Daniel Miller

One of nine country case studies due to be published as part of the UCL Press ‘Why We Post’ series, Social Media in an English Village offers the findings of an 18-month ethnographic study of the use of social media platforms by residents of an English village. Renowned anthropologist Daniel Miller argues that his subjects utilise a ‘Goldilocks Strategy’ to […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Using Twitter as a teaching tool can boost engagement and enrich classroom debate and discourse

Using Twitter as a teaching tool can boost engagement and enrich classroom debate and discourse

Social media offers great opportunities for teaching. Wasim Ahmed and Sergej Lugovic have reviewed the literature on the use of Twitter in the classroom and have noted its benefits to both students and teachers. Not only can it increase participation and engagement, particularly among more introverted students, but it can also be used to bring new, popular resources into […]

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 offers advice for when it is time to just ‘make a start’ or go for a […]

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 […]

This work by LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported.