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Social Networks

Social networks are used by research groups to engage with and share ongoing research. is a platform for academics to share research papers, monitor analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. Browse a list of UBC groups.

Facebook is a social networking site to post, reply and share content. Browse a list of UBC Facebook accounts.

Business oriented social networking site mainly used for professionals connecting with each other.

A free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research.

the Open Science Framework (OSF), a free and open source project management repository that supports researchers across their entire project lifecycle. OSF helps researchers work on projects privately with a limited number of collaborators and make parts of their projects public, or make all the project publicly accessible for broader dissemination with citable, discoverable DOIs. Browse a list of UBC members using the OSF.

Differs from other social networking sites as it's geared toward scientists and researchers. Allows users to collaborate, share content, ask and answer questions. Browse the UBC-Vancouver ResearchGate.

Twitter is a popular microblogging service. The service provides access to current updates in your discipline, as news services and academic journals broadcast breaking news over Twitter. One distinct advantage of Twitter is the ability to reply to journalists and scholars in your field and to easily repost links to articles through your own account. Browse a list of UBC Twitter accounts.

More about Twitter:
  • Follow colleagues or research projects @username;
  • Post links to research papers;
  • Solicit advice on works-in-progress, ideas, or problems;
  • Create and follow custom newspapers out of Twitter content using;
  • Search for hashtags #keyword;
  • Use a third party tool like HootSuite or Tweetdeck to follow hashtags.


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Articles / Reports :  

  • 1) Cann, A., Dimitriou K.,& Hooley T. (Feb. 2011). Social media: A guide for researchers. Retrieved from