Research Resilience: Why academics and funders alike should care about #RIPTwitter

Twitter is under close scrutiny these days with news that its timeline could be subject to further algorithmic control. Farida Vis looks at what such dramatic changes could mean for research. There is a great need for both funding councils and researchers to better understand the potential impact of these data and platform politics. Strategies must be developed to encourage lesser reliance on a single social… Read more

Seven reasons why blogging can make you a better academic writer

Why do academics blog? What do academic bloggers get from blogging? Discussions about scholarly blogging most often centre on the need for we academics to write in ways that attract new audiences. If we write blogs, we are told, we can communicate our research more effectively. Blogs enhance impact, they are a medium for public engagement. The advocacy goes on… Blogs (and other social media) can point readers to our… Read more

An antidote to futility: Why academics (and students) should take blogging / social media seriously

Before I started teaching at LSE in January, I had the impression that the academics and researchers around the school were totally social media savvy – prolific tweeters like Charlie Beckett and top blogs like LSE Impact are high up on my follow list. It turned out the impression was, ahem, a little misleading. A good proportion of the people I have come across may be brilliant in their field, but when it comes to using… Read more

Using Twitter as a data source: An overview of current social media research tools

The popularity of social media sites and the ease at which its data is available means these platforms are increasingly becoming primary sources for social research. Wasim Ahmed presents a quick look at some of the tools available to social scientists for analysing social media data and also reflects on the limitations of the platforms and the methods used for this type of research. I have a social media researchRead 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 blogging in the “accelerated academy”: How to build a personal, professional and public community.

As a dynamic space, a group blog can be particularly suited to the rapidly changing context of researcher development. Claire AitchisonSusan Carter and Cally Guerin share their experiences developing a doctoral support blog, a global space for personal and professional development and for building community. Individuals and their institutions stand to benefit from blogging, they argue, but if it were… Read more

Citations are not enough: Academic promotion panels must take into account the scholar’s presence in popular media.

Scholars all around the world are almost solely judged upon their publications in (prestigious) peer-reviewed journals. Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr argue that publications in the popular media must count as well. After all, these publications are crucial in informing practitioners’ decision-making. Many of the world’s most talented thinkers may be university professors, but sadly most of them do notRead more

Amazon MTurk…The Future of Social Science Research or Academic Disaster?

This week Amazon announced price increases for users of their work sourcing platform MTurk (Mechanical Turk), those hardest hit will be US researchers who use the platform to find and compensate survey takers for research. While many argue this will affect the ability for academics to gather research, others question the quality of research gathered from MTurks’ increasing workforce of professional survey… 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