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Using Social Media for Research Purposes - a guide. Version 2.0

How to use social media tools for further your research.

Your Profile

Your profile tells the world about you. It makes you easier to find online for like-minded researchers.  Your profile should allow you to post details of your publications and the full text if you have the right to do so.  The following suggestions for profile sites have a different emphasis.  You could consider creating different profiles for different audiences. See also Your Identity.

ResearchGate [ ] has many NHS members. See an example [ ].

Mendeley [ ] has a clear simple profile page and of course gives you access to the Mendeley reference management software. See an example [ ]. [ ] aimed at the academic community.

LinkedIn [ ] has many NHS members and is a good site for networking with NHS colleagues and others working in the health care.


Katz, M., 2014. How to promote your work on LinkedIn. Available from: [Accessed 26 March 2016].

Posner, M., 2011. Creating Your Web Presence: A Primer for Academics.Available from: [Accessed 26 March 2016].