Also this week: how to email your professor, advice on when to start a family, Greenpeace vs. Ray Hilborn, The R Objects That Shall Remain Nameless (all of them, apparently), and more.
David Wardle on what Altmetric scores really measure: whether you tweet your paper, how many times you tweet it, and whether you have many co-authors who also tweet it. In light of that, I agree with David that’s there’s no reason for you or anyone else to care about your Altmetric scores, or any reason for you to put them on your cv.
As an aside, David’s paper reveals that the proportion of highly-cited ecologists who use Twitter matches the proportion of all academics, or all adults, who do so: about 19%. A reminder, if one were needed, that the academics you meet on Twitter are only a sample of all academics.
Speaking of Twitter, hope you’re not too attached to it.
How to email your professor. Probably futile to share this, as the students who need this advice are unlikely to see it and follow it. Especially the “read the syllabus first” part. But I live in hope.
Margaret Kosmala’s concrete advice on when to start a family as an academic.
Andrew Hendry on Greenpeace’s attack on Ray Hilborn over purported conflicts of interest.
Sociologist and longtime blogger and Twitter user Kieran Healy on social media and academic sociology. Some of it is specific to sociology, but some of it generalizes. A couple of choice quotes, to give you the flavor and encourage you to click through:
To the degree that thinking, talking, and arguing about research in one’s spare time and in public is a feature your field, it is a sign that your discipline is confident about what it does.[S]uccessfully engaging with the public means doing it somewhat unsuccessfully very regularly. This fact is closely connected to the value of doing your everyday work somewhat publicly. You cannot drop a lump of text onto the Internet and expect anyone to pay attention if you have not been engaging with them in some ongoing way. You cannot put your work up on your website, or “do a blog”, or manufacture interest in your research like that. There is a demand side as well as a supply side to “content”, and most of the time the demand side does not care about what you have to say. This is why, in my view, one’s public work ought to be be continuous with the intellectual work you are intrinsically motivated to do. It is a mistake to think that there is a research phase and a publicity phase.