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Scientists and social media
Using Facebook and other social media platforms to support research activity is increasingly commonplace. In a Nature survey conducted in 2017, over 95% of the 3000+ respondents said they used some form of social media or scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs) for professional purposes.
When asked how they use social media/SCNs in relation to their work:
- over 75% of respondents answered ‘discovering and/or reading scientific content’. (This was the most selected answer).
- 57% of respondents answered ‘promoting myself and/or promoting my research’.
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- 55% answered ‘networking and/or collaborating’. (For example, tweeting to meet up at conferences).