Increasing your profile and impact within and beyond the scientific community
figshare was recently featured in a nature materials paper that all researchers should see. The paper provides a list of useful tools for researchers to use in order to make the best use of their time and get credit for all of their hard work.
"Strong competition and funding squeezes require scientists to look for ways to increase their profile and impact within and beyond the scientific community. Online tools and services can help them communicate and publicize their research more effectively."
As a researcher, I actively sought out ways to make my research more effective using online tools. However, it was apparent that awareness within the lab was a problem, even with PhD students. So if you know about tools like figshare, and you find them useful, why not let your fellow researchers know about them!
Unfortunately unlike figshare, nature does not allow researchers to cite individual objects yet, but here is the table of researcher tools1:
Table 1: Useful online tools and services for scientists, the examples are either entirely free or available in a free version.
|Marketing activity||Examples of online tools and services|
|Communicating with colleagues||Google Groups; http://groups.google.com|
Google Docs; http://docs.google.com
Google+ Hangout; http://plus.google.com
Nature Precedings; http://precedings.nature.com
|Sharing presentations||Slideshare; http://www.slideshare.net|
|Maintaining a researcher profile||ResearchGate; http://www.researchgate.net|
Does this list look complete to you? Are there any other tools that you find essential as a researcher? We'd love to hear your thoughts. As always, feedback, comments, suggestions and ideas are welcomed at firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter, facebook or google+.
 One-click science marketing, Martin Fenner, Nature Materials 11,261-263 (2012) doi:10.1038/nmat3283
Published online 22 March 2012
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