Using social media to support, develop and enhance your research

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Journal rankingAn introduction to the use of Social Media in Scholarly Communication & ResearchEducation Department Doc Week Rhodes University, South Africa. Fiona Still-Drewett, Rhode University Library, March 2016 1Internet embedded in the everydayHow can social media increase research impact and reach?Can social media help grow your academic career?We live in an Interconnected World(proviso +- 40% humanity use the Internet Tim Berners-Lee BBC News 20/1/2015)Pic from Taylor & Francis white paper, Oct 2014 Social media part of the scholarly communication / Information all pervasive & immediate via Mobile technology smart phones/tablets / Q?2Engaging with the users Its crucial to note that our upcoming wave of library patrons students, colleagues, and staff will be from this generation who are technologically sophisticated, well-connected on the social web, entrepreneurial, and oftentimes, impatient.Content management We need to dive in on the teaching front students are taking on the role as educators.Changing technology It is difficult to predict where it goes. So many applications Social media is becoming the primary means for communication.Taylor & Francis White Paper, Oct 2014What is the future of Social Media ? Students know it / Academic teaching staff need to get with it / SM changing scholarly landscape re access & sharing of information plus OA movement3Web 2.0 is not a technology, it is an attitude (OReilly 2005)Web 2.0 about providing users with the means for producing and distributing contentTypical Web 2.0 qualities: dynamic, participatory, engaged, interoperable, user-centred, open, collectively intelligent (Muster & Murphie 2009)Web 2.0Major theme which underlies the emergence of social media: tensions between control and freedom and between exploitation and empowerment4Which to use? How familiar are you with them?Twitter : now happening researchGoogle Scholar : profile & citationsBlogs : news, research & /ResearcherID: profiles & academic networking & collaborationFacebook : invitation only groups ~ subject focusLinkedIn : job hunting Etc. Social Media tools for academiaMany more social media tools out there5To Do:Follow high profile researchers in your fieldFollow associations, publishers, librariesAlert RUL to new publicationsContact your Principal Faculty Librarian Value of:Stay up to date with very latest researchTime efficient via links of interestUseful in conference settings @RhodesResearch#RUCHERTLTwitterRegister! Conference virtual attendance, follow discussions & comment #RUHKE @Write4Research6Naturally, in the digital age, its important for researchers to have profiles and be associated with their work. Funding, citations and lots of other good career advancing benefits flow from this beneficial to showcase a broad range ofoutput, so blogs, slide presentations, peer-reviewed publications, conference posters etc.Elizabeth Allen Sep 2014From the blogResearch profilesORCIDNon-profit: independent, community drivenGoogle ScholarSearch: GoogleResearcher IDPublisher: Thomson ReutersScopus Author IDPublisher: ElsevierMendeleyPublisher: ElsevierAcademia.eduResearcher Network: Academia.eduResearchGateResearcher Network: ResearchGateFrom blogResearch profilesWhy ORCID?From ORCID.COMORCID is a unique, persistent personal identifier a researcher uses as they publish, submit grants, upload datasets that connects them to information on other systems. Ten things you need to know about ORCID right nowFrom Impactstory blogORDID digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher 8 Can make your profile public so appears in Google Scholar search resultsCan track your citationsManual or auto updatesGives fuller picture Prof. Sioux Mckenna, CHERTL, RUGoogle Scholar Research profile Doodle for Google competition, design by Holly PierceGS Metrics Health & Medical Sciences Physical Education & Sports Med go to Learn more for info on Profile9Institutional research repositories e.g. Rhodes Digital Commons(via Quick Links on RUL homepage)provides open access to RU research outputcreates global visibility for researchstore and preserve digital assets eg thesesOpen Access Academics' online presence: a four-step guide to taking control of your visibility (open UCT guide by Sarah Goodier and Laura Czerniewic)Assess yourself: search for yourself and check your impactYour profile as an individual: keep all profiles up to dateImproving the availability of your outputs: self archive & share what you canCommunicating and interacting: connect & interact online recommended guideyour digital footprint is your active contribution to and interaction with the online world vs your digital shadow, content about you posted and uploaded by others, as well as automatically generated and collated content. You should try and maximise the former and watch the latter11Author ID: select name format & stick to it! (prevents author ambiguity)Create a Google Scholar citation profile, a Researcher ID profile, and an ORCID idParticipate in the research landscape: blogs, twitter.. Deposit all research output on your institutions repository - Rhodes Digital CommonsEmerging Scholar essentials! Researcher ID Thomson Reuters Integrates with Web of Science and is ORCID compliant / keyword searches12To conclude: Value of Social Media Enhances research impact viaapplication of the research, grows citation counts, extends global reach, & facilitates collegial collaborationThus helps to develop ones academic/research career, Contributes to institutional research output, & Grows funds for research & higher education in South AfricaThank you for your attention !Societal use of research real world13Goodier, S. & Czerniewicz, L. (2014) Academics online presence [Online] 2014. OpenUCT Guide. Available from: Available at: . [Accessed: 16th January 2015]HINTON, S. & HJORTH, L. (2013) Understanding Social Media. London: Sage Publications Science & Pharmacy Blog Google Scholar Profile info & some recommended sites