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Social Media for Research

A guide explaining the different social media tools that can help at all stages in the academic research process.

Emerging Reputation Mechanisms for Scholars 2015

This report surveys use of the following scholarly networks:

  • Academici
  • BibSonomy
  • BiomedExperts
  • CourseTalk
  • Dryad
  • Edmodo
  • Epernicus
  • Foldit
  • GitHub
  • Kudos
  • Impactstory
  •  labfolder
  • LabRoots
  • LinkedIn
  • Mendeley
  • myExperiment
  • MyNetResearch
  • MyScienceWork
  • Peer Evaluation
  • Profology
  • ResearchGate
  • Scitable Socientize Stack Overflow

The second part of this report is a state-of-the-art appraisal of the novel social networking services used by scholars, to build, maintain and showcase their reputation


Nicholas, David, Eti Herman, and Hamid R. Jamali. Emerging Reputation Mechanisms for Scholars: A Literature-Based Theoretical Framework of Scholarly Activities and a State-of-the-Art Appraisal of the Social Networking Services Used by Scholars, to Build, Maintain and Showcase Their Reputations. Luxembourg: Publications Office, 2015. Internet resource.

Social media for researchers 2011

Social Media: A Guide for Researchers

"Which social networking service is the best for you is likely to depend on personal preference, your research topic, your location and probably most of all on your discipline. It is worth experimenting with more than one to see which one offers you the most value." 

Cann, Alan, Konstantia Dimitriou, and Tristram Hooley. Social Media: A Guide for Researchers. London: Research Information Network, 2011. Internet resource.


The guide includes an overview of these Social networking services: -

Facebook -

Friendfeed - (Now owned by Facebook)

Graduate Junction -

LinkedIn -

MethodSpace -

MySpace -

Nature Network -

ResearchGate -

Mendeley -


Links to all services mentioned in this guide are available at the link below:

Scientists and the social network - a Nature survey 2014

"Giant academic social networks have taken off to a degree that no one expected even a few years ago. A Nature survey explores why":!/menu/main/topColumns/topLeftColumn/pdf/512126a.pdf

How can I share it?


The website provides links to some examples of Scholarly Collaboration Networks who have signed up to the voluntary principles for article sharing  including Center for Open Science, Figshare, SSRN and others.

400+ Tools and innovations in scholarly communication

Crowdsourced database of 400+ tools (ongoing)


web-based tools a researcher can use
Bianca Kramer & Jeroen Bosman (and you?)
@MsPhelps & @JeroenBosman, both at Utrecht University Library


The second worksheet tab of this file contains data on over 600 tools and innovations in scholarly communication, inlcuding  SocArXiv (launched by ArXiv following Elsevier's purchase of SSRN,  MLA Commons,  Humanities Commons.



Why researchers use social media

Published on Apr 2, 2015

Gone are the days when visiting social media websites was purely for leisure. Today, social media platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn offer a host of features that help researchers build connections, share their work, engage a wide audience, seek collaborators, and do much more. Watch this video to know more about the importance of social media in research.