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Social media for researchers

Engaging with social media enables you to promote and track your research to a wider audience. This guide introduces platforms and provides tips to maximise social media usage. Relevant university policies and guidelines, as well as copyright information.

Research Integrity and Social Media

While academic integrity is more commonly attributed to publishing research via traditional means, the same rigour and responsibilities also apply when communicating about and sharing research via social media.

Promoting your research on social media is a powerful opportunity for researchers to improve visibility and engage with the public but it can come with risks.

What does your digital footprint look like?

Your digital footprint is data that shows a record of your online interactions and includes:

  • websites you have visited
  • posts you have left on social media
  • posts that others have said about you, or to you, on social media

What does your digital footprint look like? Is there regrettable content? Web content is indexed and may be accessible, even if you have deleted the content. Some tips to follow include:

  • Only associate yourself with things that you won’t feel embarrassed about in the future
  • Delete posts or photos that are publicly available that no longer represent you
  • Change your privacy settings
  • Unfollow or unsubscribe from groups or posts that you no longer want to be associated with
  • Untag yourself from others’ posts or ask them to remove the content