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Research goes social

August 12, 2010

Research and social

Journal of NeuroImage just recently launched its Youtube Chanel. NeuroImage is not the only one which has realized the importance of social media. The very notable Science Magazine is actually very active in tweeting the latest research advancement. Journal of Cancer is also active in tweeting the cancer treatment, research advancement, as well as epidemiological cancer study results.

Academia.edu, the researchers’ social network site has attracted over 200, 000 researchers since 2008.

Why researchers and research need to go social? First of all, it can help broaden the social impact of the research. It also can help facilitate the interactions among researchers. Instead of being limited to know other people’s research from conferences and journals, some researchers now more prefer instantaneously know colleagues from social network sites.

The question is how far and what is the depth the research need to go social? Will the social aspects of the research compromise the research quality?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Cass Pei permalink
    August 12, 2010 6:29 pm

    The era that most researchers could sit tight and just do research is gone, forever.
    Now emails, meetings, and even social stuff offline and online are drowning our researchers, and maybe everybody.

    It is hard to say whether the upsides trump or are going to trump the downsides.
    It is an era of knowledge explosion, as foretold by the Bible “KNOWLEDGE SHALL BE INCREASED”; too many things are taking place and cannot be quantified for now.

    P.s.: Bible also prophets our destiny in the war with and against knowledge: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”

  2. susie permalink
    August 12, 2010 8:01 pm

    The traditional accdemy is built like a ivory tower that keeps away people. Many scholars believe they are knowledage elites, they can think above ordinary people, and they push the human society forward. These people may concern that social network may make research mediocre. A social network may make the levels of academy flat. It make the competition within the academy fierce. Actually, the choices facing scholars are: elites or popular?

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