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Social Media for Academics

by Mark Carrigan SAGE Publications Ltd
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Find out how to further your academic career by learning how to publicise your academic work, managing your online identity and demonstrating impact through social media.


Social media is an increasingly important part of academic life that can be a fantastic medium for promoting your work, networking with colleagues and for demonstrating impact. However, alongside the opportunities it also poses a number of questions about how to engage online, and how to represent yourself professionally.


This practical book provides clear guidance on effectively and intelligently using social media for academic purposes across disciplines, from publicising your work and building networks to engaging the public with your research. It is supported by real life case studies and underpinned by principles of good practice to ensure you have the skills to make the most of this exciting medium.


You'll find advice on:


* Using social media to publicise your work

* Potential pitfalls and how to avoid them

* The evolving role of social media in higher education

* Defining digital scholarship

* Managing your identity online

* Finding time for social media

* Near-future trends in academia.


Chapter 1: Social media and digital scholarship
Chapter 2: Using social media to publicise your work
Chapter 3: Using social media to build your network
Chapter 4: Using social media for public engagement
Chapter 5: Using social media to manage information
Chapter 6: Professional identity in an age of social media
Chapter 7: Communicating effectively online
Chapter 8: Finding the time for social media
Chapter 9: The future landscape of academic social media

IF you'd asked me in 2009 what the future would be in academia for a  messaging/micro-blogging system limited to 140 characters, I'd have said - zilch.  Yet Twitter + blogs and many other social media have transformed science and academic practice in the interim. Mark Carrigan gives the first book-length and in-depth advice on the many ways in which scientists and academics are developing new paradigms of collective thought, writing and scholarly practice using social media. If you're still hesitating, get involved by starting here.

Mark Carrigan is a digital sociologist and consultant. He's a research fellow at the Centre for Social Ontology at the University of Warwick and digital fellow at The Sociological Review. He convenes the Independent Social Research Foundation's Digital Social Science Forum. He edits the Sociological Imagination. He's social media associate editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, assistant editor of Big Data & Society and a founding member of the editorial board of Discover Society. His past research interests have included the emergence of asexuality, the ontology of social movements and the sociology of internal conversation. His current project is an inquiry into digital capitalism, exploring how the micro-politics of digital distraction are shaping political and economic life. He is a regular blogger and podcaster.