How to manage a research library with Zotero

Friday, July 13th, 2012

'Keeping up to date with research and managing an ever-increasing number of journal articles is skill that must be well-honed by academics. Here, Alex Hope sets out how his workflow has developed using Zotero, Dropbox, Goodreader and his iPad. Article Discovery I use a variety of methods to keep on top of ...

10 ways researchers can use Twitter

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Useful, helpful Prezi presentation by Salma Patel on how researchers can use Twitter. Presentation

10 Commandments of Twitter for Academics

Friday, May 25th, 2012

1. Put up an avatar. It doesn't really matter what the picture is, but the "egg picture" (the default avatar for new accounts) makes you look like a spammer. 2. Don't pick a Twitter name that is difficult to spell or remember. 3. Tweet regularly. 4. Don't ignore people who tweet ...

The verdict: Is blogging or tweeting about research papers worth it?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Eager to find out what impact blogging and social media could have on the dissemination of her work, Melissa Terras took all of her academic research, including papers that have been available online for years, to the web and found that her audience responded with a huge leap in interest ...

Can Tweets predict Citations? Metrics of Social Impact Based on Twitter and Correlation with Traditional Metrics of Scientific Impact

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Tweets can predict highly cited articles within the first 3 days of article publication. Social media activity either increases citations or reflects the underlying qualities of the article that also predict citations, but the true use of these metrics is to measure the distinct concept of social impact. Social impact ...

Tomorrow’s filters: Altmetrics

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Altmetrics: a manifesto No one can read everything.  We rely on filters to make sense of the scholarly literature, but the narrow, traditional filters are being swamped. However, the growth of new, online scholarly tools allows us to make new filters; these altmetrics reflect the broad, rapid impact of scholarship in ...

Your Academic Twidentity, or, More About Twitter and Academic Identity

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

"Here at Gradhacker, we've written about online identity and the use of Twitter before. In this post, I thought I'd tackle less of the "how to use Twitter" and move into the idea of leveraging the power of Twitter to improve your online presence and academic identity. I also ...

How Do You Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper?

Monday, March 5th, 2012

"The Modern Language Association likes to keep up with the times. As we all know, some information breaks first or only on Twitter and a good academic needs to be able to cite those sources. So, the MLA has devised a standard format that you should keep in ...

As scholars undertake a great migration to online publishing, altmetrics stands to provide an academic measurement of twitter and other online activity

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

'In 1990, Tim Berners-Lee created the Web as a tool for scholarly communication at CERN. In the two decades since, his creation has gone on to transform practically every enterprise imaginable, except somehow, scholarly communication.  Here, instead, we lurch ponderously through the time-sanctified dance of dissemination, ...

How Scholars Are Using Twitter

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

'The effect Twitter and the social Web have begun to have on entertainment, journalism and other media-related industries is by now well known and much-discussed. Its impact on other areas of human culture and knowledge, however, is still emerging. For example, how does the microblogging service ...