At a time when there are more than 28,100 active scholarly peer-reviewed journals publishing around 1.8-1.9 million articles per year, finding ways to navigate scholarly literatures are more important than ever. This is one of the most exciting ways in which social media can be used to directly enhance scholarly practice.
There are many forms this can take, from the indirect (e.g. writing accessible blog posts which someone else uses as a guide to a literature) to the direct (e.g. tweeting about what you think are the most important papers on a given topic). But perhaps the most useful is sharing comprehensive reading lists.
Here’s a wonderful example of what this could look like, produced by members of the Social Media Collective at Microsoft:
- Critical Algorithm Studies
(Tarleton Gillespie and Nick Seaver, 2015)
- Digital Divide / Digital Inclusion
(collectively generated by SMC; gathered by Andrea Alarcon, 2015)
- Metaphors of Data
(collectively generated by SMC; gathered by Airi Lampinen, 2016)