What can you do to help us to help you? All about what Piirus offers researchers


Piirus is a service for you to make connections with other researchers, as this blogpost from past correspondent Bernie Divall illustrates so well. Piirus is offered by the University of Warwick, and is a part of the same department there as the well-known jobs.ac.uk service. Piirus' aim is to support researchers, and the main Piirus … [Read more...]

#letscollaborate: We’ll help you find research collaboration partners.


Here at Piirus, we're all members of the research community ourselves, and we're always looking for new ways to help our members expand and strengthen their research networks. You can already join Piirus.com for free and use it to identify and connect with researchers who might become new collaboration partners. Now we want to help … [Read more...]

Tweeting about research and researching about Twitter: a story of collaboration

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Megan McPherson and Narelle Lemon are the two continuing brains behind Academics Who Tweet, a research study about academia and social media. In this post, they describe their experience of forming relationships via social media and working collaboratively as research partners who met online. What do you see when you follow academics … [Read more...]

The rush to create networks and the need to create conversation spaces

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Piirus is delighted to feature another guest blogpost. This post is from Dr Brian Southwell, who helps us to reflect on the researcher's need for conversation. Researchers around the world are embracing new ways to promote their work online. They are creating podcasts and posting to blogs. They are joining new social media sites … [Read more...]

The challenges of interdisciplinary research and managing visibility online

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Last week we reported on some of our recent survey's findings on internationalising your research, and this week I'd like to share what you told us about the challenges of interdisciplinary research, and of managing your online profiles in our survey from September 2015. 79% of respondents said that they have a presence on an academic … [Read more...]

Would you like to write a guest blog post for us?


Writing posts for existing blogs (like this one), which already have a broad audience, is a very effective way to raise your profile online, as our Digital Identity Health Check for Academics shows. Guest blogging is also an efficient way to blog because you don't have to maintain your own website and you can benefit from the expertise … [Read more...]

Building an international profile as a researcher: our survey respondents said…


At Piirus, we know that internationalising your research is an important career step for you as an academic: it can make your research more productive and raise the profile of your research, bringing it to new audiences. The UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills reported  in 2013 that an increase in research productivity was … [Read more...]

Top 5 Hashtags for Academic Writing: just in time for #acwrimo!


Writing is an essential part of academic life, but many academics struggle to find the time to write and few of us have ever been given explicit training in how to write. As a result, it can be hard to make progress on thesis chapters, journal articles, and books. But social media is changing all that! Around the world, PhD students, … [Read more...]

That spooky hashtag: #ScaryPhDStoryin5Words


It's the time of year when people hold Halloween parties, when they dress in ghosts, skeletons and other scary figures. And it's also the time, as some would say, when the world of the living and those of the dead collide and so we hear those creepy Halloween tales. But at Piirus, we wanted to hear stories that will surely raise the hair … [Read more...]

Digital identity healthcheck for academics: our video summary

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There are many benefits of having an online profile as an academic, as it can really help to improve the visibility of you and your research. Our short video can help guide you through the do's and don'ts of enhancing your online presence and serve as a digital identity healthcheck: This video accompanies our Digital Health … [Read more...]

Networking and Creating Opportunities in the Third and Public Sectors – ECRchat


Join us for a live chat on Twitter at 11am UK time on 22 October 2015: Piirus is going to be hosting ECRchat. You can check your local time here, so you know what to mark on your calendar! ECRchat is a Twitter hashtag and live chat for early career researchers, also known as postdocs or adjuncts, and it is a great way to share and learn … [Read more...]

Piirus clarifies academic social network sites landscape: each site has a purpose

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A recent article by the Times Higher, which has been getting plenty of attention on Twitter, deals with the contentious issue of where, how and if you should be visible online as an academic. The article claims that there are too many social networking sites for academics, stating: To some, everyday life feels like a never-ending battle … [Read more...]

How do you measure your social media success? Let’s keep it simple.


If you have a blog or you tweet, or perhaps your research team has a social media or web presence, then you may find yourself looking at that site's metrics, trying to make sense of the graphs, figures and numbers presented to you. In this blog post, I offer some simple tips for busy researchers. To keep it all simple, you need to … [Read more...]