Why do Scientists need social media?

Approximately 2.5 Million papers are published every year. Some scientists publish over 70 papers in a year yet the rest of the world hardly knows what’s going on.

Probably some are thinking, it wasn’t meant for the public but scientists. I have read un-updated papers published last year alone. A paper that had time to correct a species name that had been changed or elevated from a previous publication is outdated yet it’s a 2020 paper. the ‘supposed’ Audience also doesn’t get the news.

Just yesterday, I met an excellent scientist who logged into one of his social media sites because that was the only way to get access to a certain paper.

For a long time, information has been behind paywalls but social media has made people finish their research or even thesis. People sci-hub and the ‘one-time lucky’ research gate. people shared their papers through Facebook groups. Now people share it through WhatsApp, We chat, LinkedIn, and most popularly Twitter.

In this day and age, on top of closed-up, small audience scientific journal clubs and conferences, science discourse is done on Twitter: is a virus a living organism through polls, a summary of papers into one paragraph, sharing of videos, photos, links to talks and opportunities.

Twitter has made it easier for people who do not share a language, ethnicity, geographical locations, or race but tied by common research areas to be in one room – Twitter – and discuss them through comments, likes, retweets, and direct messages which is easier on Twitter.

If you are conducting a study, you need opeople. If you cannot communicat what you do in simple words and hopeful wait for the very few science jorunalist to contact you, it will be slower and harder.

When you are done with the research, am sure you want it to reach researchers after you, potential donors and the public that you are doing this research for. Social media is there for you.

With efforts to have reproducible data, it’s important to share the data on Github for insight and have transparent research. This also helps people create networks and collections for people with similar research angles.

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