"Academic social media" sites are targeted toward researchers and academics, but the same cautions exist here as on Twitter, Facebook, and other more social sites. Be aware of your audience, privacy settings, and your digital reach.
ResearchGate "Our mission is to connect researchers and make it easy for them to share and access scientific output, knowledge, and expertise."
Academia.edu "A platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research."
Figshare "a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner"
Mendeley "a free reference manager and academic social network"
LinkedIn "To connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful."
SlideShare "Show what you know through a presentation, infographic, document or videos" (part of LinkedIn)
SpeakerDeck Share presentation slides online (part of GitHub)
Graphic from Nature 512, 126–129 (14 August 2014), doi:10.1038/512126a
When you sign up for social media sites, do you know what rights you are giving up and who can see your content?
When posting content and images, you still need to be aware of copyright restrictions.
Evaluate each site -- what is the intended audience? What is the reach? What is required of you? Who runs/owns the site?
Ask a mentor: What site(s) do you use and recommend? Why or why not?
Check out the tools below for understanding your rights and maintaining your privacy:
Having a LinkedIn profile is important if you are interested in taking advantage of basic networking to find a job, or just network with others in your field. In some cases, the employer may find you before you find them. Here are some tips: