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There are many reasons why researchers want to share their research after publishing in a scholarly journal. The podcast 'Is blogging and tweeting about your research worth it?' (2012) features Dr Melissa Terras from UCL discussing whether using social media has an impact on disseminating research papers - it is 43 mins. Things to do when a paper comes out: a checklist  from Mike Taylor's SV-POW! blog on 4 June 2015, demonstrates how complicated it can be to maintain an online presence. 

Jonathon Vernon on 24 February 2014 published 12 Reasons why academics should blog ​which includes this image:

A blog from Annaliese Henwood Before You Publish on Social Media, Do These 7 Things on 7 April 2015 lists some must-dos in order to be a good citizen in the world of social media.A summary:

  1. Read the article you're sharing from someone else
  2. Research proper posting etiquette for each platform
  3. Research your hashtags
  4. Know your audience
  5. Check your hyperlink(s)
  6. Give credit where it's due
  7. Proofread your text


'The case for open computer programs’ Ince DC, Hatton L, Graham-Cumming J, Nature Perspectives, Vol 482, pp485-488 (23 February 2012). Scientific communciation relied on evidence that cannot be entirely included in publications, but the rise of computational science has added a new layer of inaccessibility. Withholding code increases the chance that efforts to reproduce results will fail.

"Publish your computer code: it is good enough” Nick Barnes, Nature News, Vol 467, p753, (14 October 2010) Freely provided working code — whatever its quality — improves programming and enables others to engage with your research. Nick Barnes is director of the Climate Code Foundation, Sheffield S17 4DL, UK 

'Express yourself scientists - speaking plainly isn't beneath you', Danny Kingsley, The Conversation, 9 November 2011

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