Science 2.0

Journal name:
Nature
Volume:
508,
Page:
557
Date published:
DOI:
doi:10.1038/nj7497-557d
Published online

Study concludes that more scientists should use social media in their work.

Using social media more often would help scientists to disseminate their results, debate findings and engage a wider audience, says a study (C. Greenhow and B. Gleason Br. J. Educ. Technol. 45, 392402; 2014). Co-author Christine Greenhow at Michigan State University in East Lansing, says that researchers must learn to create a robust online presence. As part of an upcoming study, she polled 1,600 US and Canadian faculty members and found that 15% use Twitter, 28% use YouTube and 39% use Facebook for scholarly activity. Greenhow is calling for social-media metrics to be added to the tenure process.

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