Greater use of social media gets science, scientists noticed, study says
Here is an idea worth following: “share” for tenure; “like” to get cited.
Academic researchers are turning to social media more and more, according to Dominique Brossard, and not just to post family photos or crack wise via hashtag.
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“I’ve been in science communication for a while now, and I am really seeing a change — especially among the younger scientists — in their willingness to share their work,” says Brossard, a University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of life sciences communication.
It’s the venue for that sharing that has inspired work by Brossard, fellow UW–Madison professors Dietram Scheufele and Michael Xenos, and their colleagues.
In September, the group published a study in the journal Journalism & Mass Communications Quarterly showing a connection between “h-index” — a measure of the quality of a researcher’s work and influence — and whether the scientists interact with reporters and get mentioned on Twitter. Doctoral student Xuan Liang served as first author on the paper.
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Attention from reporters is good news for h-index, but couple that with attention on Twitter, Brossard ...
Thursday, November 6th, 2014