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Open Access Highly Accessed Editorial

How scientists use social media to communicate their research

Laura Van Eperen1* and Francesco M Marincola2

Author Affiliations

1 Van Eperen & Company, Strategic Communications Consulting, Bethesda, MD 20817, USA

2 Infectious Disease and Immunogenetics Section, Department of Transfusion Medicine Clinical Center and trans-NIH center for Human Immunology, National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland, USA

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Journal of Translational Medicine 2011, 9:199  doi:10.1186/1479-5876-9-199

Published: 15 November 2011

Abstract

Millions of people all over the world are constantly sharing an extremely wide range of fascinating, quirky, funny, irrelevant and important content all at once. Even scientists are no strangers to this trend. Social media has enabled them to communicate their research quickly and efficiently throughout each corner of the world. But which social media platforms are they using to communicate this research and how are they using them? One thing is clear: the range of social media platforms that scientists are using is relatively vast and dependent on discipline and sentiment. While the future of social media is unknown, a combination of educated speculation and persuasive fact points to the industry's continual growth and influence. Thus, is that not only are scientists utilizing social media to communicate their research, they must. The ability to communicate to the masses via social media is critical to the distribution of scientific information amongst professionals in the field and to the general population.