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Use of social media (e.g. Facebook, ResearchGate, blogs, etc.) by academics to engage with other academics or students and to disseminate and publicize their research.

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As a TA, how to react if I come across a Facebook group in which students insult me?

I am a PhD student in Europe and also TA for some bachelor's degree classes for my supervisor. Just by chance, I have found an open Facebook group (normally, the group aims to create an interaction ...
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Dealing with a PhD student reneging on an agreement to appear in social media

Inspired by this question, I have a similar but somehow different problem. I recently assumed a tenure-track position. One of my strategies for a visible start is to have a strong presence in social ...
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Is it okay if a professor friends a student on social media sites?

If a professor is teaching a student currently, is it okay if he/she friends the student on social media sites such as Facebook or Google Plus?
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ResearchGate: an asset or a waste of time?

There are now may different ways of increasing your research visibility: Google Scholar, laboratory/faculty/industry or even personal websites, LinkedIn, to name a few. In your opinion, how does ...
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Should I send a “cease-and-desist” letter to ResearchGate?

ResearchGate is pretty well placed on Google. But it does not have a lot of contents or active users, despite their constant invitation spam. So they spidered a lot of publications, and provide some ...
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Personal web page vs Academia.edu vs ResearchGate

I will soon finish my PhD and start searching for a post-doc position and I was wondering which web-based solution is the best suited to present myself and my work (I work in plant biology). I see ...
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Teacher takes pictures of students during exams and posts them on social media

There's this teacher who takes pictures of his students during exams, and posts them on social media, with the knowledge of the students. A lot of people enjoy these pictures (including the students), ...
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Is Facebook a necessary tool for a student?

I'm starting a master's degree in the autumn, and I recently received an email from the university inviting me to join the Facebook page for the course. However, I don't currently have an active ...
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Is Academia.edu useful?

I received a mail today from Academia.edu (a site I wasn't previously aware of), asking me to confirm that I co-authored a paper with a colleague. Having looked into it a little it sounds like it ...
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What should I do if someone is claiming my research on ResearchGate?

I've got a case where 90% of my academic publications are being claimed by a professor at another university with the same name on ResearchGate. I've sent several email requests both direct and ...
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Is it legal to add your publications to ResearchGate?

I recently created a profile on ResearchGate. And to add your publications list it requires you to upload the paper. Is it legal to upload published journal articles on public servers, where everyone ...
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Is Academia.edu's “mentions” feature real?

I just got an email from Academia.edu saying that my name has been mentioned two times (Edit: now up to 150 papers!), but to see the mentions you have to upgrade to a premium account at 8.25AUD/month. ...
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Can I use my blog posts for an academic publication?

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 ...
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How have perceptions of ResearchGate changed from 2014 to 2018?

About 4 years ago, a question was asked about usefulness of ResearchGate for academics. Judging by the most upvoted answers, the portal had a rather negative opinion back then. However, social media ...
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How to politely and logically explain that I don't want to receive notification at my private social media account?

My department is becoming more and more annoying by posting everything in Facebook group, from exam results, seminar schedule, to private information about students ( telephone numbers, addresses, ...
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Is it legal to upload preprint on ResearchGate?

I have few papers already published in certain journals which cannot be uploaded on ResearchGate due to copyright issues, now is it legal to upload my own version of the paper formatted in LaTeX or in ...
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Is it normal for a Professor to make unsolicited contact with potential Masters students via LinkedIn?

My friend recently moved to Canada and she holds a BSc from an overseas university. Her school wasn't world-famous but wasn't bad either. For the past year she'd been studying English and preparing ...
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Would requiring students to use Twitter as an integral part of a course potentially conflict with FERPA?

I'm not planning on requiring my students to use Twitter, but it popped up on someone else's syllabus and got me thinking as to whether it's appropriate with respect to student privacy. I don't ...
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Prospective supervisor wants me to do irrelevant videos as a condition for supervision. Can I say yes when I mean no?

This question is the reverse of Dealing with a PhD student reneging on an agreement to appear in social media, in which the student had agreed during interviewing to participate in social media ...
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Should academics be concerned about professorwatchlist.org

There is a relatively new website: http://professorwatchlist.org/ whose mission: is to expose and document college professors who discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist ...
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Is it okay to add a lecturer on LinkedIn

I'm a graduate student and I recently attended a course by a very inspiring lecturer (associate professor). Do you think it is okay add him on LinkedIn? Do I push him into an uncomfortable situation ...
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Does a ResearchGate profile count as a “personal website” for green OA purposes?

According to SHERPA/RoMEO, many journals permit post-review preprints to be uploaded immediately to an author's "personal website", but apply an embargo period to "open access repositories" (example). ...
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Is Peer.us useful? [closed]

I just received an email from Peerus "letting me know" that my paper was published. While it sells itself as a paper monitoring app, better than google scholar, it does seem to be closer to academia....
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Adding ResearchGate profile to Resume?

It is common that people add their LinkedIn profile in their resumes. On the other hand, they add profiles (like ResearcherID) counting publications, citations, and showing factors such as h-index. ...
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What is the academic value of posts on LinkedIn?

As LinkedIn is a network of professionals, there is a great scope for sharing one's professional expertise in the form of a short piece (or otherwise write something to influence a cause). Most ...
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Should I put my papers which are not written in English on my social-media profile?

Is it OK to put my non English internal conference or journal paper on my social media profiles such as Google Scholar, Academia, Research Gate, etc? and also, should I translate their title and other ...
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University asks not to promote other university's research

A university sent a letter requesting/advising its staff members not to interact with or promote a media coverage of a research study by a another university. The letter didn't include any ...
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How effective is ResearchGate as an academic selection and recruitment tool?

I've informally noticed that ResearchGate seems to have increased in popularity over the last year or so. I also noticed that, while I'm not on the job market, ResearchGate was able to successfully ...
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Cite a Twitter conversation?

Let's assume that while researching and writing a paper you find a Twitter conversation between domain experts that is particularly useful for you. Given that it is not the sources that these ...
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Do professors recommend their students on LinkedIn?

Do professors recommend their students on LinkedIn? If they do recommend, isn't it considered a violation of FERPA? Professors are typically required to recommend without fear or inhibition towards ...
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The title postgraduate researcher

I have seen the title postgraduate researcher in a couple of peoples Linkedin profiles for roles in the UK. The people listed only had masters degree before showing. What is this position formally, is ...
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Citing a link that was removed?

I run a small blog about both the academic and professional aspects of my industry as I both teach a course at the university I am attending as well as work in the industry full time. The blog answers ...
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Should I mention my co-authors while tweeting about our publications?

Assume we have a paper published in a conference or journal. Should I mention my co-authors while posting some content of the paper (or just paper's link) on Twitter or Facebook? Let's assume I am ...
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How should LinkedIn summary look like for a person seeking PhD positions?

There are many intros, how-to's and guides about writing professional summaries for LinkedIn accounts over the net; however I can not find a good guide to write a summary for academics. I also tried ...
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Online venues that promote networking among scholars — alternatives to Academia.edu and ResearchGate

Are there alternatives to Academia.edu and ResearchGate if one is searching for a venue that promotes "informal" (*) cooperation and networking among scholars (specifically, in mathematics and science)...
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Is it possible to download paper from academia.edu without being registered there?

Based answers to Is Academia.edu useful? it seems that there are some legitimate reason why many people would prefer not to have academia.edu account. On the other hand, it might happen that you see ...
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What are the advantages of putting your dissertation on Facebook?

I am told that one of the best ways in which to disseminate information/knowledge/findings from doctoral research is to put your dissertation on-line. By default, many universities make the ...
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Does the usage of Facebook and Twitter harm a professor's career? [closed]

Should they instead protect their tweets and Facebook posts and keep them private / Friends-only in their account settings? Some profs' tweets / Facebook posts are great and inform the public of ...
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Is social media helpful for research dissemination?

Is there any quantitative evidence that using social media helps academics disseminate their research results? What about the cost-effectiveness of social media? My guess is that search engines are ...
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Specifically academic alternative to LinkedIn

It is well-known that LinkedIn is used by scholars too, but I think that the business-friendly structure of your profile-page makes it markedly less suitable for academic purposes. Is there a ...
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Should I send a copy of a closed-access paper requested on academia.edu?

What is an appropriate response to a request for a copy of a closed-access paper on academia.edu? For the paper in question, I only provide a link (doi) to the publisher's site on my academia.edu ...
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Does announcing the submission of a paper on social networks violate the double-blind review?

I sometimes see researchers who announce the submission of a paper to a conference on social networks, often tagging the post with the conference name and year, and from time to time mentioning the ...
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Does making Youtube videos improve your CV?

Is the creation of youtube content/lectures in your field worth showing off on an Academic CV? In the most extreme case: if someone who is considering hiring for a teaching position in a university/...
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How to satisfy PhD requirement that publications be available online when papers have been only just been accepted?

It is a requirement of my PhD to publish a certain number of papers. And for the papers to count, they need to be available online. I have deadline in my PhD study. I have three papers accepted in ...
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Will ResearchGate eventually find and create links to my publications?

I have many publications in my profile that I had to add manually, but ResearchGate seems not to recognize any of them sufficiently to create links to the online full text (and other info) that is ...
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Research Gate gathering data [closed]

Does anybody know how ResearchGate gather data? I just clicked on a scientific paper in my browser (not through Research Gate), and in less than an hour I had received an e-mail notification that the ...
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Alternatives for when your institution doesn't provide you an e-mail address

I study in an institution that never provided me or any other student with an institution e-mail. I feel that this is highly prejudicial to my academic success because a) it forbids me to access ...
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Can I upload my open access publications on researchgate.net or academia.edu?

Maybe my question is naive, but: If my paper was publish as open access (for example in Springer - http://www.springer.com/gp/open-access), could I upload the paper in researchgate.net and similar ...
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Do academics get paid when they give interview (or other form of appearance) in the media?

Which factors determine whether academics get paid when they give interviews in the media (or other kind of media appearances, e.g. debates)? I am mostly interested in the field of computer science, ...
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Is there a way to do serious social justice-related work or research while working on scientific research?

I am currently working in the sciences (broadly speaking, the STEM field) in the United States as a researcher. I have been following quite closely to the social-political trend of the US for the ...