Home > Lifestyle > Man > News Updated 11 September 2013 Researchers’ tweets move science forward Researchers are using Twitter to increase the impact of their research. 0 iStock Related Twitter a popular source for vaccination info Twitter gives power to the people Follow us Facebook » Ask CyberShrink » Receive Health tips » Test Your sex toy IQ » All the tests you'll ever need 8 strange things your body does Social media is changing the way that scientists are interacting with each other and with the global community. One example is the way that researchers use Twitter to increase the impact of their research. David Shiffman, a Ph.D. student at the University of Miami’s Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, describes the advantages of tweeting during the development of scientific publications.Incorporating Twitter into the different stages of a scientific publication allows scientists to connect more quickly, facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration and makes it possible to communicate results to a large and diverse audience, according to Shiffman. It also encourages post-publication conversations about the findings. "Social media, which allows information to be shared instantly around the world, gives internet-savvy scientists the ability to drastically accelerate the pace of scientific communication and collaboration,” says Shiffman, who was recently named one of the top biologists to follow on Twitter (@WhySharksMatter) by the Huffington Post.Scientists need to embrace TwitterAlthough some scientists have mixed feelings about using Twitter for scholarly purposes, it’s only a matter of time before the scientific community embraces social media, says another author of the study, Emily Darling, a Smith Conservation Research Fellow at the University of North Carolina. “Many scientists may think they don't have time for Twitter,” says Darling, “But a little effort can provide enormous value for communication and outreach. The solution is to just give it a try.”Shiffman and his collaborators document examples that support the scientific and scholarly use of tweeting, in a study titled “The role of Twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication,” published in the journal Ideas in Ecology and Evolution.Other co-authors of the study are Isabelle M. Côté, professor of marine ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and Joshua A. Drew, lecturer at the Department of Ecology Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University. Shiffman conducts his research at the UM RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. He writes for an ocean science blog called Southern Fried Science. EurekAlert NEXT ON HEALTH24X Call for potential donors as Cape blood stocks run low 2017-06-20 14:59 More: ManNews advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Testicular cancer survivor: 'My testicle doubled in size' Natural Health Why are biologics so expensive? Diet and nutrition It can take months to break bad eating habits Medical Childhood chemo may have lasting effects on memory Medical Back pain patients with depression get more opioids Mental health 'Rogue' genes may be the cause of some ALS cases From our sponsors WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Complete our allergy survey and stand a chance to win R 1000! Live healthier Wasting water? » South Africa is facing a water crisis Water saving tips Water quality report shocks SEE: How much water do you use per day? With level 4 water restrictions in Cape Town, residents are urged to use a maximum of 100 litres per person per day. Here’s how quickly it adds up. Life saving tip! » SEE: 10 things to keep in your first aid kit 10 first aid myths Here's why you need a first aid kit in the car Emergency services are often spread thin, especially when storms and major disasters strike. When travelling on the road, having a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver.