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Social media are websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking e.g. Facebook, Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn. This includes academic collaboration platforms like Academia.edu and ResearchGate.
Social media helps publicise your research beyond the usual channels of scholarly communication. Using these networks speeds up the research communication process, helps you to find partners for collaboration, and exposes your research to a broader community.
A variety of networks exist, both those that are general and those that are focused on the scholarly community. If your research community prefers a particular network or site, then going where the crowd is may reach the largest audience.
Take a serious look at the services each product offers before you make a decision to use the product.
Remember to consider your researcher identity carefully as you engage with social media.
Read carefully the Terms of Service for any social media product before you engage with it. This is especially important if you intend to upload an entire article, chapter, or paper.
You must also consider the copyright transfer agreement that you have with your publisher regarding social media dissemination.
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Last updated on Friday 24 March 2017
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