October 27, 2021

New Research Article: Social Media, Science Communication and the Academic Super User in the United Kingdom

The following article appears in the latest issue of First Monday.

Title

Social Media, Science Communication and the Academic Super User in the United Kingdom 

Authors

Dr. Yimei Zhu
University of Leicester

Dr. Kingsley Purdam
University of Manchester

Source

First Monday
Volume 22, Number 11  (November 6, 2017)

Abstract

The Internet and social media tools have created new opportunities for open science including communicating in more interactive ways and sharing research data. Drawing on evidence from interviews and a survey of academics in the United Kingdom our research suggests that most scholars recognised the value and importance of more open science communication and data sharing, but many had concerns about the potential risks. A small group, who can be termed super users, were frequently communicating updates of their ongoing research. It is clear that there are increasing opportunities for more open science and public engagement but challenges remain.

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