Creating social media profiles
How to build effective social media profiles that publicise your research
Harzing, A.W. (2023) Creating social media profiles: Crafting your career in academia, Published by Tarma Software Research Ltd, London, United Kingdom.
To be published in February 2023
Want to progress in academia? I provide you with practical, step-by-step guidance on creating academic social media profiles, leaving you better prepared to climb the academic career ladder. You will learn about the benefits and drawbacks of social media, and get familiar with Google Scholar Profiles, LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Twitter, and Blogging, discovering how to get the best out of these social media platforms.
Using plenty of examples, this guide will help demystify social media in academia and provide you with the tools to be successful in your own social media efforts.
Most academics use some form of social media in their private lives. Personally, I have never been a fan of using social media for personal interactions; I seem to be one of a rapidly vanishing minority who do not have a Facebook, Instagram or TikTok account. In contrast, I have embraced social media in my professional life, and have now used it actively for 7-8 years.
I have also given quite a few presentations at Middlesex and other universities on the “how and why” of using social media to support your academic career. Moreover, I have run several hands-on “social media clinics” where I discuss the various social media options in detail and help academics to improve their own profiles. The presentations and notes for these clinics formed the basis for a blogpost series and this book.
In this book I will first provide a primer on social media in academia (Chapter 1) and compare the options (Chapter 2). Then I will provide tips for five key social media platforms: Google Scholar Profiles (Chapter 3), LinkedIn (Chapter 4), ResearchGate (Chapter 5), Twitter (Chapter 6), and Blogging (Chapter 7). Chapter 8 recaps the strengths of the five different platforms by considering two key use areas: the use of social media as a source of professional/academic information and the use of social media to share (news about) your research.
I hope this guide will demystify the topic of social media in academia and provide you with the tools to be successful in your social media efforts. I would love to hear from you if you feel this book has helped you.
All books in this series
Social media series
- Social Media in Academia (1): Introduction
- Social Media in Academia (2): Comparing the options
- Social Media in Academia (3): Google Scholar Profiles
- Social Media in Academia (4): LinkedIn
- Social media in Academia (5): ResearchGate
- Social Media in Academia (6): Twitter
- Social media in Academia (7): Blogging
- Social Media in Academia (8): Putting it all together
- Improve your Research Profile
- How to digitally market yourself: a beginner's guide for students and academics
- Google Scholar Profiles: the good, the bad, and the better
- How to keep your Google Scholar Profile clean?
- Harzing.com paper series
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Anne-Wil Harzing is Professor of International Management at Middlesex University, London and visiting professor of International Management at Tilburg University. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, a select group of distinguished AIB members who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the scholarly development of the field of international business. In addition to her academic duties, she also maintains the Journal Quality List and is the driving force behind the popular Publish or Perish software program.