Social media in academics and research: 21st-century tools to turbocharge education, collaboration, and dissemination of research findings.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The near-ubiquitous use of smartphones and the rapid emergence of free, widely used, social media platforms have combined to turbocharge the dissemination of information at a scale and speed that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. Increasingly, internet-savvy pathologists of all ages from every corner of the world are flipping the paradigm of traditional academia by posting educational content online free of charge, unencumbered by the limitations of traditional print media and educational conferences. These platforms are being used in innovative ways, not just to disseminate research findings, but also to create new knowledge through using them to empower research collaborations. In this review, we outline ways in which social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, are being used by pathologists to enhance academic work and facilitate the dissemination of research. We outline key differences between the various platforms with respect to pathology academics and research, and describe key areas in which these platforms have already made an impact. These include rapid dissemination of research findings to a worldwide audience, live transnational discussion of journal articles and conference proceedings, intercontinental networking between pathologists for academic purposes, free education on a global scale at minimal or no cost, and research collaborations initiated on and facilitated by social media platforms. Finally, we provide practical tips for pathologists who wish to adopt these novel 21st-century technologies to enhance their academic endeavours.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Deeken, AH; Mukhopadhyay, S; Jiang, XS

Published Date

  • November 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 77 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 688 - 699

PubMed ID

  • 32592211

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1365-2559

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/his.14196


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England