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30. Scholarly communication in social media

Mareike König


Social media enables scientists to cooperate and collaborate from various places around the world - considerably enriching their worlds intellectually. Utilising social media, researchers engage personally in processes of creation both as participants and critics, gaining access to different publics and audiences in- and outside academia. Furthermore, social media facilitates opportunities to improve traditional patterns and techniques of scholarly communication and publication. However, promises of democratisation, participation, and transparency have not yet been fulfilled, despite a flourishing practice in scholarly use of social media. It is, so it seems, a highly controversial subject, touching the fundamentals of our research culture: The ways in which research is done, organised, and published, in which knowledge is created and evaluated, and how research results are communicated with peers and larger audiences. This article addresses these interrelated questions by asking how the use of social media effects forms and principles of scholarly communication and publication in- and outside academia.

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