Researchers in popular culture have not only kicked arse and saved the world but have also worn brilliant cardigans Inspired by the 20th anniversary of the cultural touchstone that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and trust that the author says this in all seriousness), this post is dedicated to celebrate the awesomeness of research - and the awesomeness of … [Read more...] about A Critical Ka-Pow – Researchers in popular culture
Our correspondent, Christopher Ferguson asks: What role does Higher Education have to play in the current political climate? And he shares his ideas in answer to that question. If I were writing a dystopian comedy in the 1990s, it might have kicked off with the following paragraph. Richard Spencer, a white supremacist and ‘alt-right’ figure, was punched … [Read more...] about Communication, Communication, Communication
It’s nearly the end of 2016, and time for me to take a quick look back at our most popular blogposts from this year.* Actually, some of the posts that were most visited this year date back to 2015, perhaps because they have been heavily promoted like our digital identity health check, or perhaps because the topic appeals to many of you, such as our post … [Read more...] about Have you read our “top ten” posts for 2016? A round-up for the year.
Recently an article I wrote with a colleague went viral. We had media interest over two days from all over the world. There was even an article by the Science Editor in The Times, which feels a strange thing to say about a little essay. The article has been published in over 30 languages across 1,000 media outlets. Because it was just a little … [Read more...] about Going viral: 3 tips to help you through
This week (19th - 25th Sept 2016) is Peer Review Week, and the focus is on recognition for those who carry it out. The event means that some of my favourite blogs like the Scholarly Kitchen and publisher organisations like ALPSP or publishers themselves are all talking about ways that we could improve peer review, often engaging with researchers too. For … [Read more...] about Peer Review Week 2016: reviews in the open
In part 1 of our ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic you set up your Twitter account with a picture and biography, and sent your first tweet. What’s next? In part 2 we cover steps six to ten... 6. Create empathy and interest in your tweets In my experience, nothing beats a cat photo to create interest in a tweet. In the absence of … [Read more...] about Ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic: part 2
In a previous post, we shared a few social media tips to start a Twitter account for even the shyest among us. So now that you’ve taken a deep breath and joined, what next? We thought we’d help out with the basics. Here are our first five of ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic and creating a positive representation of yourself that you’re … [Read more...] about Ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic: part 1
In this guest blogpost we hear about a forthcoming event which focuses on the role of the media in muslim-majority countries. Scholars are also very welcome to submit papers for panel discussion by 31 July 2016. Internet penetration of the Middle East and South Asia is large and growing, and this allows a profusion of new information and the formation of … [Read more...] about The role of the media in Muslim-majority countries
Valentine’s day is fast approaching and individual researchers may be seeking out new researcher collaborations, or romancing their ideas, or even getting themselves ready for a night in with those grant applications! Okay, so perhaps not the typical Valentine’s day. As you are already aware, from my fellow correspondent’s blog post last week, … [Read more...] about How to ‘Love Your Research’? A #piirusvoices event.
Here at Piirus, we're all members of the research community ourselves, and we're always looking for new ways to help our members expand and strengthen their research networks. You can already join Piirus.com for free and use it to identify and connect with researchers who might become new collaboration partners. Now we want to help members to reach … [Read more...] about #letscollaborate: We’ll help you find research collaboration partners.
As Piirus' blog and social media editor, I'm taking a look back on all that we've achieved in 2015, as we approach the end of the year and a well-earned, short seasonal break. We've published over 140 blogposts and our team has seen membership changes. We've been privileged to feature the perspectives of many different researchers on the blog, both as … [Read more...] about My Piirus blog highlights from 2015
Last week we reported on some of our recent survey's findings on internationalising your research, and this week I'd like to share what you told us about the challenges of interdisciplinary research, and of managing your online profiles in our survey from September 2015. 79% of respondents said that they have a presence on an academic networking site. If … [Read more...] about The challenges of interdisciplinary research and managing visibility online
Writing posts for existing blogs (like this one), which already have a broad audience, is a very effective way to raise your profile online, as our Digital Identity Health Check for Academics shows. Guest blogging is also an efficient way to blog because you don't have to maintain your own website and you can benefit from the expertise and networks of others … [Read more...] about Would you like to write a guest blog post for us?
At Piirus, we know that internationalising your research is an important career step for you as an academic: it can make your research more productive and raise the profile of your research, bringing it to new audiences. The UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills reported in 2013 that an increase in research productivity was at least partly … [Read more...] about Building an international profile as a researcher: our survey respondents said…
Writing is an essential part of academic life, but many academics struggle to find the time to write and few of us have ever been given explicit training in how to write. As a result, it can be hard to make progress on thesis chapters, journal articles, and books. But social media is changing all that! Around the world, PhD students, early career … [Read more...] about Top 5 Hashtags for Academic Writing: just in time for #acwrimo!