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The reward and risk of social media for academics

We are three academics who are active on social media. We explore the motivations for and benefits of engaging with social media, as well as its costs and risks. Overall, we believe this engagement to be a net benefit for us, our employers and for wider society.

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B.B. acknowledges funding of his research fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering. The authors thank Emma Chapman for insightful discussions, and remind everyone that tweets often contain typographical errors associated with autocorrect. The authors also thank the 40 or so Twitter users who provided reviewer comments, via google docs, prior to publication of this article.

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B.B., C.J. and J.W. are members of TIGERinSTEMM.

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Britton, B., Jackson, C. & Wade, J. The reward and risk of social media for academics. Nat Rev Chem 3, 459–461 (2019).

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