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Keeping up to date with new research: Social media

Researchers also use Social media as a way of  keeping up to date with current research.

This section of the guide links out to reports and other publications on academic social media.

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

This interim report is part of the JRC-IPTS commissioned study "Analysis of emerging reputation mechanisms for scholars". It aims to set the conceptual framework for the analysis of the data gathered in the subsequent empirical, case-study phases of the investigation. The first part of the report offers an exhaustive literature review for the theoretical framework of scholarly activities based on an updated model of Boyer's (1990) framework and its various reputation building aspects. The second part is a state-of-the-art appraisal of the novel social networking services used by scholars, to build, maintain and showcase their reputation. The framework introduced above serves as the frame of reference for the analysis of the data from 25 such services used by scholars.


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 -

Graduate Junction -

LinkedIn -

MethodSpace -

MySpace -

Nature Network -

ResearchGate -

Mendeley -


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

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 Mendeley, figshare, SSRN and others.

Altmetrics on Scopus

Altmetric for Scopus offers a quick and easy way to see all of the social or mainstream media mentions gathered for a particular paper as well as reader counts on popular reference managers.


See this blog post from Elsevier for more information:

Books at the James Hardiman Library

Slideshare presentation

Research blogs