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Author Profiles: Social Netwoks

Professional Networking Sites

Most of us are already familiar with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Unfortunately, these sites may not be available in some countries due to censorship issues. 

Moving away from these giant social media platforms, professional networking sites emerge to connect with a group of people sharing the same passion for research, learning, innovation, and education. 

Examples of popular academic author profile networks are Google Scholar, Academia, Linked In and Research Gate. 

 
 
  • “Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research.”
  • Just like Google Scholar, authors may upload their papers (even draft papers) and may invite colleagues to comment on the draft work.
  • It also offers an overview of profile visitors and document views.
  • Go to https://www.academia.edu/ and start creating your account now. You may either sign-up using your Google or Facebook accounts. 

 

According to Research Gate, they help you: 
 
  • Facilitate collaboration, communication and sharing of information among researchers and 
  • scientists. 
  • Track publications, store private copies, or make published or unpublished works publicly available on ResearchGate, assuming you have the rights to do so. 
 
Access https://www.researchgate.net/ and join for free. 

 

 

According to Linked In, their platform will help you:

  • Build your professional identity on the web.
  • Build and maintain a large trusted professional network.
  • Find and reconnect with colleagues and classmates.
  • Request and provide recommendations.
  • Search for and view profiles of other LinkedIn members.
  • Receive unlimited InMail messages.
  • Save up to three searches and get weekly alerts on those searches.
 
Visit https://www.linkedin.com/ and create your profile now. 

Social Media Benefits

Lowenthal, Dunlap & Stitson (2016) said that "the advent of social networking and media expands the social context for learning beyond formal classroom and training room settings." The use of social media in engaging people to learn makes it easy for us to collaborate, communicate and share information. Anonymous people may approach us online just by seeing our academic profile and may ask copies of our publications and presentations for their own research use. Professional networking sites also act as the scholar's online cv. 

 
Source: Lowenthal, P., Dunlap, J., & Stitson, P. (2016). Creating an Intentional Web Presence: Strategies for Every Educational Technology Professional. Techtrends: Linking Research & Practice To Improve Learning, 60(4), 320-329. doi:10.1007/s11528-016-0056-1
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