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Why monitor ones field via social media?

You are probably already monitoring your field today to some extent. But what you can ponder about is if you are already using social media to monitor your field. In this chapter we will bring forth a set of social tools that are of good use. We will also go through a set of steps that will help you to monitor your field more strategic.




                                        Shows the monitor process

Working process

  1. Search efficiently: learn how to handle Google and try other search tools such as DuckDuckGo. The benefits with using DuckDuckGo is that it doesn't track or save user information. This means that the search results are neutral. Search for relevant # (hashtags) and interesting RSS-flows that you can follow.
  2. Gather: save your findings and network with others to retrieve a wider collection. A way to gather content off the webb in a structured way is by using services such as Twitter, Scoop.it, Pinterest or an RSS-reader such as Feedly.

  3. Scan: go through the material you've collected. Analyze and sort it.

  4. Distribute: share your findings, either via newsletters or LiU:s own mailing lists or via Twitter, blog or websites.

  5. Interact: use for example Twitter, email or blog.

  6. Evaluate: are you finding what you’re looking for? Analyze what has caused interaction and what hasn’t. Review which search terms are used to find your website, blog or other channel.

  7. Adjust: delete, add or alter search terms to get a more useful flow.

How to best distribute ones material?

In today’s reality there are so many journals and correspondingly so many publications that as a researcher you cannot monitor all the new literature in your area. Conversely, it is also true that researchers in your field are unlikely to notice your new publications. It is important that you actively distribute your work. While the publisher or journal that you have published with plays a role in distribution, it is often a relatively small these days.

In order to increase the distribution of your work (and subsequently the impact), work with the following:

  • Freely available full-text, i.e. some form of open access. Many publishers allow parallel publishing, so that your publication can be freely accessibly via DiVA.
  • Dynamic web pages with up-to-date lists of your latest publications (with links to further information about them, preferably the freely accessible full-text).
  • Use Twitter strategically to notify a network of colleagues about your new publications (with link to a freely accessible full-text)
  • Use ResearchGate or Academia.edu (our page on social networks for researchers).

To maximize your distribution consider also:

  • Making use of LiU’s Communication Department to interact with the news media.
  • Setting up a profile for yourself in LinkedIn (our page on LinkedIn).
  • Blogging about your research (or course linking to your publications).
  • Using Facebook in a professional context.
  • Curating your digital image

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Get started

  1. Create an account at Twitter. Take some time to figure out how this tool works.
  2. Register at one of the these social media networks for researchers: ResearchGate, Mendeley or Academia.edu.
  3. Read the Guidelines at LiU and use common sense, but don't be afraid to try new things.
  4. Maintain the accounts you decide to create active at all times and link them together.

Contact us

Would you like to book us for a seminar?

We can visit your department and share more information. We can for instance help your research team to get started with social media platforms.

Get in touch at socialmedia@liu.se.

About us

This resoure has been established by David Lawrence, Maria Svenningsson, Kristin Krantz, Anna Söderström och Sara Råsberg. We work at the library, the ICT-studio and the Communication and market division at Linköping university.

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Last updated: Tue Sep 19 11:45:49 CEST 2017