A critical evaluation of science outreach via social media: Its role and impact on scientists

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Abstract

The role of scientists in social media and its impact on their careers are not fully explored. While policies and best practices are still fluid, it is concerning that discourse is often based on little to no data, and some arguments directly contradict the available data. Here, we consider the relevant but subjective questions about science outreach via social media (SOSM), specifically: (1) Does a public relations nightmare exist for science?; (2) Why (or why aren't) scientists engaging in social media?; (3) Are scientists using social media well?; and (4) Will social media benefit a scientist's career? We call for the scientific community to create tangible plans that value, measure, and help manage scientists' social media engagement.

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McClain, C., & Neeley, L. (2015). A critical evaluation of science outreach via social media: Its role and impact on scientists. F1000Research, 3. https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.5918.2

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