How to Make your Doctoral Research Relevant
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How to Make your Doctoral Research Relevant

Insights and Strategies for the Modern Research Environment

Edited by Friederike Welter and David Urbano

Everyone wants their research to be read and to be relevant. This exciting new guide presents a broad range of ideas for enhancing research impact and relevance. Bringing together researchers from all stages of academic life, it offers a far-reaching discussion of strategies to optimise relevancy in the modern research environment.
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Chapter 15: Fighting for attention: early career researchers and the online scientific community

Inga Haase and Anna Müller


For early career researchers, it is a difficult task to do relevant research, but getting noticed and transferring one’s results to interested practitioners and the community is hard work too. One way to address these challenges is the use of digital and social media. Chapter 15 discusses results regarding the social network activities of early career researchers, focusing on the following question: What potential do social network activities have for influencing the visibility of early career researchers as well as the visibility and distribution of their results? The findings are based on an analysis of current literature as well as on statements and interviews with members of the scientific community. The results indicate that for early and mid-career researchers, the use of social network applications can increase visibility, or rather accessibility, and enable them to enter the scientific community at an earlier career stage than in previous years.

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