This page highlights some key social media tools which you may find useful to gather, collate, access, manage, share and disseminate your work and research findings. The effective use of social media tools can also enable you to manage your online presence, develop your reputation, maximise your impact and build networks. Information on responsible and professional use of social media can be found here.
Blogging can be used to develop your online presence, enhance your research reputation, promote services, reflect on events, build up networks and to communicate ideas. You can also open your blog up for comments to gain feedback and thoughts from those reading it.
Most people see Facebook as a place to socialise, to connect with friends and share pictures. However, an increasing number of academics and research students are using this popular social network for academic and research purposes. You can use Facebook as a tool to collaborate, publicise and carry out research.
Twitter can add extra value to your research projects. Help raise the profile of the research area by using your tweets to cover developments at other related research sites, and retweeting interesting new material that they produce.
is a professional networking site. It allows you to create a profile that summarises your professional expertise and accomplishments. It helps to set up connections with other professionals, and the network grows with time.
Social Media and Your Career
Employers are increasingly using social media to promote opportunities, screen candidates and even head-hunt suitable employees. You can use this to your advantage by using social media wisely.
Social Networking Tools
Academia.edu is a social networking website for academics. This platform can be used to share papers, monitor their impact, and follow the research in a particular field.
ResearchGate is a scientific online network, it enables researchers to connect with colleagues, build their scientific network and collaborate with one another. Amongst many tools, the platform offers an international job board where you can find new job opportunities. Your ResearchGate profile can also be linked to both your Facebook and LinkedIn profiles.
Google+ is a social networking service which is also an authorship tool that associates web-content directly with its owner/author.
MethodSpace is an online network for the comunity of researchers, from students to Professors who are engaged in research methods.
Research & Writing Collaboration Tools
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily
Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service provided by Google, which enables user cloud storage, file sharing and collaborative editing.
PBWorks is an online team collaboration tool that allows you to share files, and manage projects.
Rizzoma is free and open source online collaboration tool for education and research.
Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards.
Wikispaces Classroom is a social writing platform for education.
Presentation & Sharing Tools
Empressr is a web application that lets users create, share and store presentations online.
Knovio is a tool which allows you to create interactive online video presentations using a webcam and PowerPoint slides.
PechaKucha – 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool for presenting ideas on a virtual canvas.
SlideShare is a slide hosting service. Users can upload files privately or publicly in the following file formats: PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenDocument presentations.
VCASMO is a multimedia presentation solution for photo and video slide shows, business presentations, training, academic teaching, and seminars. Upload a variety of video formats, including PowerPoint, PDF, Image, MP3, and Adobe Flash
Publishing & Promoting Your Research Outputs
myPublications Manage and promote your research papers through the University’s system.
figshare: an online digital repository where researchers can preserve and share their research outputs, including figures, datasets, images, and videos. It is free to upload content and free to access, in adherence to the principle of open data. You need to connect your figshare account.
ORCID: outputs present on your ORCID profile will be imported into myPublications automatically.
Altmetrics are complementary to traditional citation-based metrics. They can include (but are not limited to) mainstream media coverage, discussions on research blogs, citations in public policy documents and on Wikipedia, bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley, and mentions on social networks such as Twitter.