Twitter and traditional bibliometrics are separate but complementary aspects of research impact.

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 2010. Emily Darling discusses the results and finds that while altmetrics may do a poor job at predicting the traditional […]

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 […]

Using Twitter for Curated Academic Content

With all the demands of academia, becoming an active curator on Twitter may sound appealing but just too onerous a task. To help ease such anxiety, Allan Johnson shares his own Twitter workflow and suggests several tools and apps, such as Pocket and Buffer, to help academics make the most of their valuable time in contributing and curating content. The job of the humanities academic has always been […]

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 […]

Think tanks are neglecting cheap and easy social media, and failing to reach out to broader audiences for their work

Platforms such as Twitter, which offer a timely and low-cost medium to disseminate ideas are disrupting conventional approaches to public communication, but are think tanks really taking advantage of these new modes of communications? Research suggests not, write Dr Michael Harris and Chris Sherwood. A few weeks ago we did a quick bit of research on which UK think tanks had […]

Do more tweets mean higher citations? If so, Twitter can lead us to the ‘personalised journal’; pinpointing more research that is relevant to your interests.

The time-lag associated with citations and journal publishing means that such strategies are almost useless as a means of identifying relevant papers from current literature. Martin Fenner writes that social media, and Twitter in particular, stands to change all that providing almost instant, relevant recommendations: your own ‘personalised’ journal. ‘Can Tweets predict citations?’ asked Gunther Eysenbach in a recent paper […]

Five minutes with Bora Zivkovic: “The blog is a way for me to promote young and new voices, that’s why they call me The Blogfather!”

One of the best known science writers and bloggers in the online world, Bora Zivkovic is the chief editor and community manager of the Scientific American blogs network. Here he discusses his duty to encourage and promote new scientists, and the role of science communication in the 21st century.

What is the role of science communication today?

Well, that’s not an easy question. What’s the role […]

Starting a ‘digital diet’ in the New Year can help lose the weight you can’t see

The New Year is classically a time for resolutions and diets, and this year might be the time to rethink our digital consumption. Ahead of his LSE lecture tonight, renowned journalist Daniel Sieberg offers timely advice for technology gluttons everywhere, explaining how best to ditch the digital dependency, take back control of your life, restore real relationships, and use technology […]

The role of peer review journals cannot be replaced by Twitter, blogs, or anything else (and I really believe in blogs!)

In a response to Jason Priem’s post advocating the use of Twitter by academics, Don Taylor writes that while Twitter, blogs and other social media should be part of academic life, we must not lose the slow, deliberative process that emphasizes thoughtful scholarship behind traditional publication in journals.   A few weeks back, the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog published […]

Altmetrics, a guide to Twitter for academics, and increasing your academic footprint: our round-up of social media blogs in 2011

Over the past year, the use of social media and blogging for academic purposes has continued to grow rapidly. Here, Danielle Moran and Amy Mollett list a selection of their favourite guest posts from the blog, covering why academics might want to embrace social media, and how to measure this as impact. In 2011, we saw a growth in the use […]

Five minutes with Mary Evans: “Gender equality is often overlooked, and with it women’s part in public debates.”

Mary Evans is a Centennial Professor at the LSE, based at the Gender Institute. Her series of highly popular posts for the British Politics and Policy at LSE blog have made her one of the blog’s most read contributors. Here she discusses her experiences speaking at Occupy LSX, and the qualities of live debate that can’t be reproduced online.


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