The academic community has embraced the opportunities offered by online social networking. A number of dedicated academic networking sites/services have emerged in recent years.
Each of these scholarly publication services has a slightly different focus:
- Mendeley, with both online and desktop versions, works principally as a reference management system.
- Academia.edu promotes author’s articles to external resources.
- ResearchGate focuses on collaboration, discovery and discussion.
- Kudos promotes explaining research in plain language and managing how it is communciated.
Some aspects for consideration before putting the effort into one- or more- of these services include:
- Is the service well-used among other colleagues in your discipline?
- Are you expected to upload a full-text version of the publication? Not recommended; instead link to the published version or a Griffith Research Online open access version
- Can you supply a link to the published version? This is preferred because it avoids copyright issues and yet another source for downloads.
- Does the service offer an automated list of publications which it has identified as potentially yours?
- Does the service offer duplicate publication detection, and merging capability?
- Can you edit a publication after adding it, for instance, bibliographical details?
- What integration, if any, is provided with alternative metrics (Altmetrics)?
- When creating your tweets, make them interesting – for example, pull out a finding in your research or ask a question the research answers.
- Keep your tweets to 280 characters or less as they’re more likely to be retweeted.
- Link to an authoritative version of your research, preferably a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).