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Showing posts with label social media. Show all posts

4 April 2017

Communicating your PhD research

Your PhD research is relevant to a range of audiences, but how will you reach them? Learning Skills Adviser Andrew Junor shares some of the key ways to communicate your research effectively.

As you begin your PhD journey, you first focus closely on the research process and development of your thesis. Before you know it, your research will generate new knowledge that people want to hear about. Below are some of the key ways you can share your ideas with different audiences.

1. Your thesis

Your thesis will express the clearest, most comprehensive statement of your research objectives and findings. Initially you will write your thesis for two small but crucial audiences: your supervisors and thesis examiners. In time, your thesis may be accessed more broadly by scholars in your field.

How can you make sure your thesis is communicating your ideas clearly?
  • Explore the Graduate Research and Writing resources on Research and Learning Online. Perhaps you need techniques for writing about research literature or reporting and discussing data?
  • Have a look at theses published by other researchers. These can provide helpful models for how to structure your ideas and write engagingly in your field of scholarship
  • Seek support for your English language skills, or discuss writing structure and academic communication with a learning skills adviser in your subject area
  • Attend a Graduate Education seminar on thesis writing, editing and proofreading. As a graduate researcher, you can book relevant professional development seminars through your MyDevelopment account

2. Academic publications

Academic publications such as peer-reviewed journal articles allow you to share your ideas with a broader audience of researchers within your field. Such publications indicate your research output and its degree of impact – but how can you reach your readers?

3. Conference presentations

Attending an academic conference is a great way to meet other researchers in your field and expand the reach of your ideas. By presenting a conference paper, you communicate your research to a niche network of scholars exploring research questions closely related to your own.

How can you make sure your conference participation inspires other scholars?
  • Prepare for an effective oral presentation: plan with a clear purpose and audience in mind, prepare a structure to convey your ideas succinctly, and practice the talk so your delivery connects confidently with the audience.
  • Anticipate how you might respond to questions from your audience. The discussion that follows a formal presentation is a crucial opportunity for communication: you might persuade a fellow scholar to change their thinking, or to remember you as an emerging talent in the field.
  • Share ideas with conference participants on social media before, during and after the conference. On Twitter, you can join the conversation by using the designated conference hashtag or interacting with the Twitter accounts of conference organisers and attendees
  • Deposit your conference paper or poster on the monash.figshare digital repository. Your research document will be given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), making it much easier to share on social media

4. Community and media engagement

Audiences beyond academia will want to hear about your research. As a graduate researcher, try to identify groups of people who will be excited by your findings: are these audiences found in particular industries, fields, professions, localities, or cultural or social groups? Where could your research have greatest public impact or engagement?

Here are some tips for communicating with a wider audience:
  • Organise media coverage of your research. Journalists are always looking for opportunities to connect interesting stories with relevant audiences. If you want help sharing your expertise with an appropriate media outlet, contact the Expertline service operated by the Monash media team
  • Give public talks. A wide range of cultural institutions invite graduate researchers to contribute to their public talks programs: these include local and state libraries, research institutes, museums, galleries and annual festivals. Think about the range of forums and audiences available in a city like Melbourne, and reach out to organisers when you see a good fit with your ideas
  • Discuss your research on social media. Like traditional modes of communication, social media can reframe your ideas in unexpected and rewarding ways. Maybe one of your Twitter followers will share a useful new resource or guide you towards more insightful analysis? As Altmetrics gain prominence, online engagement may become part of how your research impact is measured. The library can assist you to use author identifier tools such as ORCID to ensure you receive appropriate attribution when sharing research online
Research benefits from collaborative, open discussion. The more you share your ideas with others, the more clearly you will be able to communicate them - and the more likely it will be that others will be inspired by your research and offer feedback.

Still have questions about how you can effectively communicate your PhD research to relevant audiences? Talk to your supervisors or peers about their approaches, or have a chat with a learning skills adviser or subject librarian in your faculty team.

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1 June 2016

Social media and your research

It can be beneficial to share your research on social media with the community, as it can lead to more  people reading your published articles or providing feedback, says Subject Librarian Lucie Goudie.

Everyone considers their research valuable. By sharing it, generating feedback and tracking its usage we can add even greater value and exposure. Social media is the perfect tool for this. Using social media to share your research can result in higher download counts and potentially higher citations. It can lead to exchange and collaboration with other researchers, and importantly it’s quick, easy and free.

Melissa Terras, University College London, says:
"If you want people to read your papers, make them open access, and let the community know (via blogs, twitter, etc) where to get them. Not rocket science. But worth spending time doing";  (Terras 2012).

Let’s look at some ways to share your research across social media:

General tips

When working with social media you need to establish a digital presence to meet a larger online audience. You can attract loyal followers by regularly posting, reposting and offering a  range of emotions and opinions to maintain interest. You can easily measure your popularity by monitoring statistics on downloads, likes, dislikes and links

Open access

By publishing your research on an open access platform you can generate scholarly use, producing greater download counts and citation usage. By taking this initial step you open your research up to the public, increasing its impact. Find out all you need to know about  publishing in an open access journal.

LinkedIn could almost be considered a Facebook for professionals. It allows you to manage your professional identity and build networks across your field. With a strong emphasis on professional networking, it’s a great way to share your research.

You can readily share your research across Twitter. It offers quick links, uncomplicated uploads and it’s free. Opportunities for conversation and collaboration with other researches can also be developed through resulting tweets. Make sure you post at times when people are likely to respond; not 3am on a Saturday morning!


Similar to twitter, blogging offers informal conversation to promote your research. It’s an easy platform to add presentation slides, videos & link other supporting data. Blogs also work well for researchers collaborating in small groups and for generating exchange on research topics. When writing blogs, don’t hold back. Share your knowledge and opinions, but keep it informal, short and ‘punchy’.

By setting up a YouTube account you can upload videos of conference sessions, discussions, and show evidence of results.Quick tip; make sure to add written script; YouTube is renowned for automated subtitle faux pas’!  You can easily link to these videos from other social media formats. Like all other social media you can measure the number of ‘views’, ‘likes’ or ‘dislikes’. These may even translate into increased downloads and citations of your research.


Monash.Figshare is a repository where you can make all of your research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. You have options to contain private data within a closed group or open it up to share on the public domain including social media.

The best thing about figshare is that it has an ‘altmetric badge’ that can automatically track all the discussion your research has generated on social media.

With all the social media platforms available it’s hard to know where to start. Looking beyond social media trends of Trump gaff’s and Kanye West’s sneakers is the first step. The next, is  recognising that social media is a serious option to promote your research and gain greater exposure. All you need to do is sign up!

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23 February 2015

Welcome, new students 2015!

We're glad you're here. Engage with the Library to make the most of your learning and research experience at Monash.

Image: Jeni Rodger (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Did you know research shows that students who use the library achieve better results than those who don't? 

You will find that the library is a popular place on campus for both individual and group study.  

Here are some handy tips:
  • The Library website is your access point for information resources. Using the Search function will open up a world of information beyond Google.
  • As well as working with you in your courses and units, Library staff provide a range of programs and drop-in sessions associated with your assignments and other tasks.
  • At Orientation the libraries provide tours, tips on how to get started at University, and training on how to search electronic databases for researching a topic. This will save you time in the future when you have assignment deadlines. Session information can be found in the Orientation ePlanner.

We would like to hear from you. Put in a comment to this post or submit a question or feedback through Ask.Monash.

And by the way, you can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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