Andy Tattersall: Disentangling the academic web: what might have been learnt from Discogs and IMDB

Academia can always learn a lot from the rest of the world when it comes to working with the web. The project 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communications is a superb case study, highlighting the rapid growth in academic and associated web platforms. As a result there is an increasing problem for academics when they come to choose their platform or tool for carrying out their work on the web. Choice is good, but too much can… Read more
tangled web, academia, social science

Andy Miah: The A to Z of social media for academia

Introduction by Andy Miah (@andymiah), chair in science communication and future media at the University of Salford: “This resource accompanies the Social Media News email list for academics and university support staff, sharing info about the latest platforms for use by academics in their professional lives. It will update periodically, but please also send me your recommendations to add. “Everything… Read more

The Role of Blogging in the Academic Feedback Cycle

Adam Crymble compares his experience presenting his research at an academic conference to his experiences of academic blogging. The formal, specialised nature of academic conferences offers the chance for invaluable targeted expert critique; however, blogging allows for a much more diverse, interdisciplinary audience, which is not to be sniffed at. Both outlets strengthen the structure of academic feedback… Read more

Academic blogs have great value but negative perceptions must be challenged

Post Graduate researcher from the University of Manchester, Achilleas Kostoulas, discusses the relevance and purpose of academic blogging Extract: “In view of several unfortunate incidents involving academic bloggers, one might be forgiven for wondering what value there is in blogging that warrants risking one’s reputation. Some bloggers have found that a regular writing regime helps them to structure… Read more

Development blogging, disseminating research & building your e-reputation

Tobias Denskus was invited to talk about development blogging, social media and research dissemination at an event in Manchester that the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Postgraduate Forum organised. The topic was Publishing and disseminating your research and I shared some reflections on development blogging virtually from the comfort of my desk at home: The focus is… Read more

Confused About Academic Blogging?

We picked the brains of eScoSci blogger and Massey University Wellington Senior Tutor Dr Kevin Veale about the difference between blogging and writing journal articles and the value of both for the modern academic. How long would it take you to write a blog post? Usually less than an hour, sometimes up to five hours. The size and complexity of the blog post reflects the time you have available; You may only have time to share… Read more

What is “Engaged” Social Science?

There is a bit of blog activity in eWorld about “engaged social science”. I googled “blog engaged social science” to get a vox pop on how the concept of engaged social science is appearing alongside the idea of blogging. In the first three pages it gave me nine different sites associated with academic institutions including the London School of Economics, University of California Los Angeles, Berkeley, the… Read more

The Ground Floor on the Changing Face of Academic Publishing

One of the recurring questions I’ve seen people ask about blogging in an academic context is why – given the increasing workload, publishing expectations and administration required day to day – would anyone take time out to write something that isn’t recognised as academically rigorous? The answer to the question is increasingly “Because people read them and use them.” However, before I get into the… Read more

Shorter, better, faster, free: Academic blogging changes the nature of research

Academic blogging gets your work and research out to a potentially massive audience at very, very low cost and relative amount of effort. In the Impact of Social Science blog, Patrick Dunleavy argues blogging and tweeting from multi-author blogs especially is a great way to build knowledge of your work, to grow readership of useful articles and research reports, to build up citations, and to foster debate across academia,… Read more