Researcher quality influenced by use of social media

Researcher quality influenced by use of social media

According to a new study, the quality of research is now being influenced by whether the scientists interact with reporters and get mentioned on Twitter.

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that they have found that there is a connection between "h-index", which is a measure of quality of a researcher's work and influence and if the researchers communicate with reporters on the social media. They said that the attention of the media is a boost for the researcher but a presence on Twitter is likely to increase the reputation of the scientists.

Dominique Brossard, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of life sciences communication, said in a statement that, "If you talk to reporters and you tweet about your research, your work is more likely to be cited than people who do one or the other. I've been in science communication for a while now, and I am really seeing a change -- especially among the younger scientists -- in their willingness to share their work."

It is believed that 30 percent of the members of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are using social mediaat least three times per week in order to find news and insights about science.

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