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You Should Have an Academic Social Network Profile (and Maybe a Website): Here’s why and how

Reality check: if I am not automatically notified of your research, I’ll almost certainly never know about it. And if I can’t find you online, you might as well not exist beyond your classroom, office, or lab. So if you’re an academic who wants people to actually read your work or even know that you exist, then read the following 300 words. They explain how to make your research followable and visible. It’s really, really easy. Don’t believe me? Check out the two videos to watch me do it in less than 15 minutes. So stop making excuses. In the words of the great scholar, Shia Lebouf:

1.  Why?

There are lots of reasons why researchers will want to use (i) academic social networks (ASNs), (ii) personal websites. For instance, papers on these platforms are more likely to be cited. Why? It all comes down to making our research visible, accessible, and followable. I explain in the slides below:

As you saw in the slideshow, the easiest and highest impact way to have an online presence is to have a Google Scholar profile. You can watch me make one in less than 3 minutes in the video below.

2.  How?

Here’s another video in which I show you how to make a personal website in just 9 minutes.

No coding necessary!

Just drag, drop, point, click, and type! Super easy! And it’s free! All you need is a computer, a Google account (e.g., Gmail), and either Google Chrome or Firefox. #JustDoIt


If you’ve got questions, feel free to contact me. I usually get back to people within a business day. But if you want an immediate answer on the website portion of your journey, check out Google’s help page. Happy website making and academic social networking! And, of course, feel free to share this with people who might be interested.

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Nick Byrd

Nick is a cognitive scientist at Florida State University studying reasoning, wellbeing, and willpower. Check out his blog at byrdnick.com/blog

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