trendsThe 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)?

Twitter

Twitter is regularly used to communicate information about new research, publications and conferences. Some useful tips for using Twitter to promote your research:
  • 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).

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