From Clicks to Cites to help social scientists make the most of social media

Clicks to citesJournalists, authors, bloggers and academics will come together for an event aimed at demystifying social media and helping researchers make the most of the digital world this week.

With growing incentives for researchers to reach and engage with new audiences, tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Academia.edu and Altmetrics are increasingly recognised as an important resource not only to disseminate research findings, but also to help shape research itself.

Social media and blogging are an easy way to encourage discussion and debate. They can be a great way to build a profile, access new insights, connect with stakeholders and enhance the impact of your research. But how do you choose the right social media platforms? How do you use them effectively, and, most importantly, is it really worth the effort?

‘From Clicks to Cites? Social media for social scientists’ on Thursday 14 April aimed to answer these questions and share best practice across disciplines. It is the first in a series of Northern Exposure events, designed to help social scientists in the University maximise the reach and accessibility of their research.

Speakers at the half-day event included:

  • Mark Carrigan, author of Social Media for Academics
  • Laura Hood, Politics and Society Editor at The Conversation UK
  • Andy Tattersall - Information Resources, ScHARR, University of Sheffield
  • Gill Valentine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Social Sciences, University of Sheffield
  • Sierra Williams, Managing Editor, LSE Impact Blog
  • James Wilsdon, Director of Impact and Engagement for Social Sciences, University of Sheffield

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