It is not very clear in the publication guidelines of journals or conferences whether one can post some preliminary data or results online (blog, twitter, facebook, etc.), gather feedback, and then edit and publish such results in a journal or conference publication (but in other fields it has happened with some embarassement).

Can a researcher post a blog-entry, or use twitter, sharing data and results with a journal or conference paper? Would it be considered self-plagiarism?

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You'd need to ask the specific journal if they're okay with it. I suspect many would be, since many other forms of quasi-publication prior to a paper are acceptable.

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    thanks: it's this informality that worries me slightly
    – ElCid
    Aug 31, 2012 at 12:33
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    Discussing your work on social media should be treated no differently than a discussion that happens in the hallway outside of your office or in a video conference. Journals can't and won't forbid all manner of prior communication, otherwise they would never be able publish anything.
    – Ben Norris
    Aug 31, 2012 at 13:44
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    should be treated no differently — Yes, it should. That's doesn't mean it is.
    – JeffE
    Nov 27, 2014 at 3:15

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