Insights and Strategies for the Modern Research Environment
Edited by Friederike Welter and David Urbano
Chapter 15: Fighting for attention: early career researchers and the online scientific community
For early career researchers, it is a difficult task to do relevant research, but getting noticed and transferring one’s results to interested practitioners and the community is hard work too. One way to address these challenges is the use of digital and social media. Chapter 15 discusses results regarding the social network activities of early career researchers, focusing on the following question: What potential do social network activities have for influencing the visibility of early career researchers as well as the visibility and distribution of their results? The findings are based on an analysis of current literature as well as on statements and interviews with members of the scientific community. The results indicate that for early and mid-career researchers, the use of social network applications can increase visibility, or rather accessibility, and enable them to enter the scientific community at an earlier career stage than in previous years.
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