New ways of communicating research
Great research work and great communications do not necessarily go hand in hand. There is an accepted approach to communicating research and using the relevant channels of communication, which can be a challenge. The newer, rapidly changing, methods of communication are a further challenge for both industry and academia. Just think of the pace of change in mobile phone use over the last five years and the many ways we now use Apps as communication tools. This technology has the potential to improve the communication of research and here we feature two blog posts that consider this.
Reincarnating The Research Article Into a Living Document
The way we share information and outcomes of research remains very traditional. We often assume that research work will be read in printed format. The digital age now means we have many more ways to share information and provide the means for what Daniel Shanahan calls a “Living Document” from the birth of a research concept, to method of data collection to secondary analyses and reviews. In Shanahan’s blog post on the London School of Economics (LSE) Impact blog he shares a proposed workflow of such an approach to research which he published in Trials, an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that encompasses all aspects of the performance and findings of randomized controlled trials in health.
Click here to read the full blog post on the LSE Impact blog.
Communicating Research: Then and Now
Tseen Khoo has been using her WordPress blog and Twitter to communicate her work. She reflects on how, since changing her role away from full-time research, she has been using other mediums more than print to communicate her message. She also reflects on the reasons for this change. It is safe to say that changing from full-time academia has bought a different perspective to her communication methods, and with her new perspective has suggested some things she could have done some things differently.
Click here to read the full blog post on The Research Whisperer.