5 Social Media Sites for Scientists

Posted by William Lim on May 18, 2010

Throughout history Scientists have made the most important discoveries by working together, bouncing ideas off one another, and helping each other succeed. Now, through social networking and media sites, scientists have even more access to working together from all over the world. If you are interested in spreading ideas and sharing inspiration in scientific endeavors, check out these 5 Social Media Sites for Scientists.

  1. LabSpaces.net is a social media hub that has the latest scientific headlines in news, and sections for Health, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environment, Space, Technology and Politics. You have to login to be a full member of the community, but then you have access to all the features of any social networking site. Add your publication history, upload technical research protocols, blog about science and share interesting articles with the scientific community.
  2. Top scientists work around the globe, and not all of them speak English making their papers and discoveries unintelligible to Western scientists. The Research Cooperative brings together researchers, science writers, research editors, translators and publishers to help smooth out the language differences so information can be shared effectively.
  3. The Open Source Science Project aims to increase transparency of the research process, improve access to high quality scientific information, and give anyone the opportunity to participate in scientific research. There is a discussion forum where users can post questions and answers, and users can easily login with their Facebook accounts.
  4. ScienceStage.com is a virtual conference room, lecture hall, laboratory, library and meeting venue – you might even call it an online pub for great scientific minds, if you don’t mind sipping a beer over your laptop. This site is where great minds gather to brainstorm on an interdisciplinary, international, and individual level. It also acts as a scientific news aggregate.
  5. Academia.edu aims to help users “Follow the latest research in your field.” Tabs include Departments, Research Interests, People, Papers and Status Updates. The site works a little like Twitter, if top academians and researchers tweeted every time they published a paper or gave a talk.

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