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Social Media for Academics

51kBFC6SgoL._SX399_BO1,204,203,200_Released by Sage in April 2016, Social Media for Academics provides clear guidance on effectively and intelligently using social media for academic purposes across disciplines, from publicising your work and building networks to engaging the public with your research. It is supported by real life examples and underpinned by principles of good practice to ensure you make the most of social media.

See below for some early endorsements of the book. You can find a full table of contents on the publisher’s website.

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Mark Carrigan understands academic engagement with social media to require more than enthusiastic exhortations or dumbed down lists of rapidly out-of-date apps. Social Media for Academics  offers a rich mix of research, scholarly commentary, discussion of key debates and potential pitfalls, personal experience and practical guidance which focuses not just on the how, but also the why of digital scholarship.

Pat Thomson, Professor of Education
University of Nottingham @ThomsonPat patthomson.net.

Carrigan has achieved what I thought to be impossible – produced a clear cut, incisive guide for the contemporary academic who is confused (as most of us are) about how to engage fruitfully with social media. One of the most difficult things about social media is finding a way to be true to your own personal style, while projecting an appropriate academic identity. Carrigan manages this by organising the types of social media options in what I think is a way that won’t date quickly. I highly recommend this book to my colleagues and to PhD students contemplating an academic career in a world that increasingly values public engagement and impact.

Inger Mewburn
The Australian National University

IF you’d asked me in 2009 what the future would be in academia for a  messaging/micro-blogging system limited to 140 characters, I’d have said – zilch.  Yet Twitter + blogs and many other social media have transformed science and academic practice in the interim. Mark Carrigan gives the first book-length and in-depth advice on the many ways in which scientists and academics are developing new paradigms of collective thought, writing and scholarly practice using social media. If you’re still hesitating, get involved by starting here.

Patrick Dunleavy
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, London School of Economics

There is no one in the world better placed than Mark Carrigan to offer advice to academics on how to operate in the new informational environment. This book is brimming with ideas and practical tips for how academics might communicate better in the Twitter age. Brilliant, thoughtful and entertaining.

Les Back
Goldsmiths, University of London