Become a networked researcher

This page is all about using online tools in the research environment - to keep up with your research area, to collaborate with others, and to disseminate your findings.

Social media opens up new forms of communication and dissemination, provides a powerful means for researchers to improve visibility, and offers new opportunities to conduct research. The University's Social media guidelines for researchers are designed to help maximise the potential of social media while limiting the risks.

The Library provides online materials (see tabs below) to introduce researchers to useful Web 2.0 tools which can help you collaborate, disseminate research, and build a stronger research profile online. Workshops for departments are available on request (contact Ned Potter).

The Research Excellence Training Team (RETT) offer a workshop on Social Media for Researchers for postgraduate research students as part of the Research Excellence Training programme.

Enhancing your online reputation

The presentation below covers the use of social media tools to enhance your online reputation as an academic and/or researcher.



Blogs and blogging

Blogs are increasingly useful in disseminating research findings, and drawing attention to more traditional research outputs.

The presentation below outlines why you might want one, how you might use it, and how to set up a York blog using your existing Google account.

Twitter for researchers

Twitter is arguably the single most important Web 2.0 tool for researchers - it allows you to build a network of relevant peers, instigate collaboration and partnerships, and publicise your findings to larger and more diverse audiences.

Highly tweeted articles are 11 times more likely to be cited than less tweeted articles.

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