Clear writing enhances the reader's understanding of the importance of your reported findings. Once published, a permanent record of your ideas and hypotheses and thought processes is established, allowing others to build on your ideas for future investigation, which is the backbone of scientific exploration. This is crucial for scientific progress.
When it comes to social media use by scientists, some scientists are avid users, some dip their toe in occasionally, and some scientists are simply on the sidelines with various reasons why they don't use social media. Many of those reasons are outdated or inadequate in today's digital age.
"The scientific discourse is moving online," says Paul Groth (@pgroth) - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, VU University, Amsterdam
Let's look at some of the reasons why many scientists are engaging in social media (especially Twitter), the benefits of participating, and the preferred platforms of avid users.
Scientific research publishing is a turbulent topic with the advent of Open Access (OA) journals. As with any dramatic shift, opponents and proponents are both quite vocal regarding the benefits of OA versus paywall journal publishing. As paywall subscription journals are attempting to adjust to the rise of OA, you may wonder which route is best.
The use of works, words, and ideas without attribution of citation is plagiarism. Most everyone knows that passing off someone else's work as your own is plagiarism, but other more common types of plagiarism are less widely understood. Plagiarism, even inadvertent plagiarism, can damage a researcher's reputation, and may also affect the researcher's institution, funding, and future opportunities in science.