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  • Social Media Strategies for Academics

    Social Media Strategies for Academics

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    Join me and Professor Erik Kwakkel to learn how to create a succesful strategy for your social media activities in our Social Media for Academics workshop this November.
  • YouTube starring You!

    YouTube starring You!

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    You've probably watched a YouTube video at some point in your life. In fact, chances are good you've watched a video yesterday. But YouTube is about more than entertainment and cat videos; did you know it can also be used as a science communication tool?
  • Let Medium Deliver the Message

    Let Medium Deliver the Message

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    What if you want to share an opinion too long for a tweet, but you don't want to commit to a blog? Medium might be the solution for you.
  • Altmetrics don’t equal social media

    Altmetrics don’t equal social media

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    One huge misconception about altmetrics seems to be that it is solely based on social media metrics. And while they are definitely a large part of what makes up an altmetric score, they are by no means the sole part or perhaps the most versatile.
  • 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication

    101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication

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    The 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication research project is collecting data through a survey until February 10 2016. What exactly is this project about and why should you take the time to fill out the survey to help provide data?
  • Social Media for Academics: a WISE presentation

    Social Media for Academics: a WISE presentation

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    Last week I gave a presentation for the WISE Network of the University of Technology Eindhoven. The topic was Social Media for Academics and I thought I’d share my presentation and a slightly edited version of what I said.
  • Curating your stories through Storify

    Curating your stories through Storify

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    Digital storytelling is an important tool in science communication. One tool that can be used to tell the story of your research or capture an online discussion is Storify.
  • Bubbling about the ScienceOnline Leiden Unconference 3.0

    Bubbling about the ScienceOnline Leiden Unconference 3.0

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    Last Thursday I attended the ScienceOnline Leiden Unconference. The theme for this year's unconference was 3.0, or the merging ofoffline (1.0) with online (2.0), and how to get the next generation involved in science.
  • Put a Pin in It: Academic Pinterest

    Put a Pin in It: Academic Pinterest

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    Pinterest might seem to be no more than a place to collect pretty pictures to plan events, but this aspirational social network has many more applications, including those useful from a science communication perspective.
  • Best Practices for LinkedIn Academics

    Best Practices for LinkedIn Academics

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    Best practices posts for LinkedIn are easily found, because it's such a ubiquitous network for people looking for a job. Yet only a fraction of those focus on what academics should include on their LinkedIn profile.
  • Link up with LinkedIn

    Link up with LinkedIn

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    LinkedIn is primarily known as a networking tool for business professional, yet it can also be a useful tool for academics to create a strong research social network.
  • Facebook and Altmetrics

    Facebook and Altmetrics

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    Facebook is almost ubiquitous, 1 in 7 people is reportedly on Facebook. While an easy way to connect to people, Facebook has numerous counts against it, its privacy issues being a major one. Despite this, Facebook can be a tool in your academic practice.
  • Workshopping (Social) Media

    Workshopping (Social) Media

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    Last Friday I attended the pilot of a new workshop presented by Erik Kwakkel and Hermen Visser on traditional and social media and how researchers can use them effectively to communicate their research.
  • Tips and Tricks with Marjan Groot

    Tips and Tricks with Marjan Groot

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    Marjan Groot is an art historian for Design and Decorative Art. A senior lecturer and member of the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society, she started a Tumblr last year. I asked her why she chose Tumblr and about her experiences using it.
  • Teaching Through Tumblr

    Teaching Through Tumblr

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    As a somewhat less formal, or even frankly informal, form of communication Tumblr has a low barrier to engagement and as such can serve as a great way to interact with many types of public and for many different aims.
  • How to tumble Tumblr

    How to tumble Tumblr

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    How do you start a Tumblr, beyond signing up for an account? What are the best practices? As with any social network, Tumblr has its own set of rules and customs. Here are seven things to keep in mind when Tumbling.
  • Tumbling through academia

    Tumbling through academia

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    You might have come across Tumblr before as one of the greatest procrastination tools out on the internet. But Tumblr is far more than just gifs, YouTube videos and pretty pictures. It can be a useful tool for academic purposes.
  • Tips and Tricks with Niels Schiller

    Tips and Tricks with Niels Schiller

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    Niels Schiller is a Professor of Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities and works at the LIBC. He has profiles on both ResearchGate and Academia.edu. I approached him for an interview to find out how his experience with the two differed.
  • Academic Social Media versus LinkedIn

    Academic Social Media versus LinkedIn

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    In many ways Academia.edu and ResearchGate also function as a digital CV, listing research experience and different forms of publications. But if that's true, why would an academic bother setting up a LinkedIn profile?
  • Self-archiving alone together?

    Self-archiving alone together?

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    Self-archiving is an important part of Green Open Access. But what exactly is self-archiving and how do academic social media, such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu figure into it? Can you freely deposit your research on your profile on these sites?
  • What’s the point of academic social media?

    What’s the point of academic social media?

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    August's spotlight will be on academic social media networks and on Academia.edu and ResearchGate specifically. What exactly are academic social media and what is their use to you?
  • Tips and Tricks with Barbara Braams

    Tips and Tricks with Barbara Braams

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    Barbara Braams is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University. She is also part of the editorial team for the Leiden Psychology Blog, as such I thought she'd be well-placed to talk about blogging about your research.
  • Blogging Nuts and Bolts

    Blogging Nuts and Bolts

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    There are many resources and tools out there when it comes to blogging. What works best for you is often a case of personal preference. Here is a list of the various resources you might want to consider when building your blog.
  • Five Best Blogging Practices

    Five Best Blogging Practices

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    You've decided to blog, but how do you go about it? There is no one true way of blogging, but of course there are best practices. You can find five of the most important ones beyond the cut-off.
  • Let Me Tell You a Story: Academic Storytelling

    Let Me Tell You a Story: Academic Storytelling

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    Is academic blogging just a collection of shorter papers or is it truly a different way of writing? Depending on your audience it can be. But acquiring the art of academic storytelling is a worthwhile goal.
  • To Blog or Not to Blog?

    To Blog or Not to Blog?

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    July's theme is blogging. What is blogging, why would you blog, and how does it relate to altmetrics? Other posts will feature a look at science-blogging, best practices, tools and platforms, and an interview to finish out the month.
  • Level Up Twitter

    Level Up Twitter

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    Now that you're on Twitter and have found your feet, how can you take it to the next level? By using power tools! Use Twitter more efficiently and make it less overwhelming.
  • Let Me Translate That For You!

    Let Me Translate That For You!

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    Due to the 140 character limitation users have adopted a lot of acronyms to convey meaning without wasting character real estate. But they also make reading tweets seem like decoding a cypher if you aren't familiar with them. Here's a translation guide!
  • Twitter and best practices

    Twitter and best practices

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    This month's spotlight is on Twitter, one of the main metrics included in altmetrics. But Twitter is more than just a source for altmetrics, it can also be a valuable information source. What are the best practices for Twitter?
  • Tips and Tricks with Paula Orme

    Tips and Tricks with Paula Orme

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    Each month I pose a set of questions to someone from the Leiden University academic community who uses social media in their professional life. This month we start the series off with the UBL Communications Advisor Paula Orme.
  • The Internet is Forever

    The Internet is Forever

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    Social media are mass-communication platforms, available to anyone. As such, it's important to think before you post. What are the best practices?