Twitter for researchers: the good and bad

This week the Sax Institute took over Croakey’s @wepublichealth Twitter account as guest editors. We enjoyed some insightful discussions around the use of Twitter as a research tool that covered both the pros and cons, and as the week progressed initiated some in depth coverage around the value of linked data and open access journals.

What researchers said about Twitter

Twitter is seen by many researchers as a way to track down references, catch up on missed talks and conferences and is “the best way to find the right people/departments with common goals”.

The social platform also helps highlight research that is particularly relevant to academics but paywalls often prevent access.

Lesley Russell Wolpe, Adjunct Associate Professor, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney was among the top Tweeters to repond to our Tweet: “Today we’re having a discussion about how researchers can use Twitter for their work. Would love to hear about your experience, good or bad?”

Lesley shared the following: