10 ways we’re using Twitter #piirustips

We hope to inspire you to use Twitter more effectively by sharing our list of some of the ways we’re using Twitter.

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Who are you following on Twitter? 10 elements to add to the Twitter feeds you follow, as an academic. #piirustips

Who you follow depends, in part, on what you’re using Twitter for, but we hope that you enjoy our suggestions of Twitter feeds follow, with your academic scholar hat on:

  1. Piirus @piirus_com (obviously!)
  2. Your choice of daily light relief. We like @LegoAcademics
  3. Your university library or subject librarian. (And other libraries: see lists like this one of health/medical libraries, by Sarah Vogel)
  4. Journal(s) that you read or intend to publish in. And editors of those journals.
  5. Funders for research in your field (e.g. UK’s @ESRC).
  6. Your collaborators, peers and colleagues who tweet.
  7. Professional associations/research societies relating to your field
  8. Someone offering writing tips e.g. Pat Thomson: @ThomsonPat
  9. Data hosting services or other services and tools that you regularly use.
  10. Museums or other public bodies relating to your work: often inspiring (e.g. UK’s Science Museum @sciencemuseum, or for those in the Arts, the @RSC)

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Storing references : tools and tips

There are lots of tools out there for collecting scholarly information sources. I used EndNote when I was at Warwick, and then I exported and then imported the bibliographic data into Mendeley, for future reference.  Zotero also has a good reputation amongst researchers I’ve met, although it seemed to me that EndNote’s Desktop version was the best at re-formatting your bibliographic data into the various styles for journal publication. So why use these tools and how do you choose which tool to use? Continue reading

Tips for presenting and publishing collaborative research, from a scientist

In last week’s blog we discussed undertaking collaborative projects, however what should you do once you have all the wonderful data, have analysed it together and drawn exciting conclusions? Our Science Correspondent Ian Hancox explores this theme.

Below are a few tips on how to publish and present collaborative research, but we would also love to hear your tips too!


Publishing journal articles alongside collaborators can be exciting and frustrating in equal measure. Whilst you gain additional specialist opinions on a project and enhance the possibilities for a deeper understanding on a research topic, you can also run into problems that are political or due to different working styles. The tips below aim to highlight ways around some common problems: Continue reading

Four issues when undertaking collaborative projects

You did all the groundwork and your collaborative project is underway: great! Keeping it on track is now the priority, and it’s all about planning and communication. What is the best way to keep in touch, and keep everyone informed?

Foundation Forms Set

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Each project has its own needs, but they may fall into one of the following four categories.

1. Assign tasks

Identify the tasks and then assign names of those responsible and deadline dates to the tasks: you might find project management software useful in doing this.

Or if project management software is overkill, perhaps you could use a spreadsheet with a line or row for each task, and columns for the initials of the person responsible, the due date, etc. There is plenty of good advice on project management for scholars on the Vitae website.

2. Keep checking on progress

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Increasing the impact of your research – evidence use in policy

As a researcher, it’s important to consider the impact of your research, and policy may be one area where your research can make an impact. What are the barriers to and facilitators of evidence use in policy? A recent systematic review investigated the facilitators of and barriers to evidence-based policy by undertaking a study of 145 research papers from around the world on evidence use in a range of policy areas.

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