- Postgraduate researchers
- Raising your profile
- Online networking
- Social networking software
Social networking software
Social networking software (SNS) now exists for a whole host of different functions. Increasingly, researchers are examining what potential it might have to help develop research networks.
Social networking software is good to:
- enable you to access an academic community
- use the people you know to help you make contacts
- help you to keep track of who you are in contact with
- give you access to tools that facilitate networking e.g. blogs, file share, messaging applications.
Social networking software can be problematic because:
- the culture of SNS can encourage you to be overly informal
- it can reduce your privacy
- it can take up a lot of your time
- your personal and professional networks can become more entwined than you might desire.
- LinkedIn has many academic, research focused groups
- ResearchGate is a network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences.
- Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.