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blogs, twitter, and finding new research

Administrative Science Quarterly now has a blog – aptly named The ASQ Blog. The purpose of the blog is a bit different than your typical rambling academic blog. Each post contains an interview with the author(s) of a recent article published in the journal. For example, there are interviews with Chad McPherson and Mike Sauder about their article on drug court deliberations, with Michael Dahl, Cristian Dezső, and David Ross on CEO fatherhood and its effect on employee wages, and András Tilcsik and Chris Marquis about their research on natural disasters and corporate philanthropy. The interviews are informal, try to get at the research and thought process behind the article, and allow reader comments. I think its innovative of the ASQ editorial team to come up with this in an effort to make research more open and to draw more eyes to the cutting edge research at ASQ.

A couple of years ago I served on an ASQ task force (with Marc-David Seidel and Jean Bartunek) to explore different ways that the journal could better use online media to engage readers. At the time, ASQ was way behind the curve. It was difficult to even find a permanent hyperlink to its articles. Since that time ASQ and most journals have greatly improved their online accessibility . The blog is just one example. ASQ’s editor, Jerry Davis, said in a recent email to the editorial board that they recognize that “younger scholars connect with the literature in ways that rarely involve visits to the library or print subscriptions.” To maintain relevance in today’s academic “attention economy” (for lack of a better term), journals have to be active on multiple platforms. ASQ gets it; Sociological Science’s (hyper)active tweeter (@SociologicalSci) gets it too. In the end, everyone hopes the best research will float to the top and get the attention it deserves, but if the best research is hard to find or is being out-hyped by other journals, it may never get noticed.

It made me wonder, how do people most commonly find out about new research? I know that orgtheory readers are not the most representative sample, but this seems to be the crowd that Jerry referred to in his email. So, below is a poll. You can choose up to three different methods for finding research. But please, beyond adding to the poll results, tell us in comments what your strategy is.

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Written by brayden king

January 9, 2014 at 6:59 pm

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  1. good stuff, brayden. in my opinion, this is the best site for all management/social science researchers to find out about new research: http://www.nationalaffairs.com/blog/blogger/findings-a-daily-roundup

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    Waytz

    January 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm

  2. other — kicking and screaming when the reviewers insist that i cite it

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    gabrielrossman

    January 9, 2014 at 7:58 pm

  3. Twitter is really great for health policy research! Provides not just the notification about new work but also important context and discussion.

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    Sean McClellan

    January 9, 2014 at 8:25 pm

  4. My answer is none of the above. I generally use socindex or other article databases available through my library, which are markedly better than Google Scholar in several respects, But that isn’t how to stay current.

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    olderwoman

    January 9, 2014 at 8:36 pm

  5. I generally crawl SocIndex periodically for new things and also crawl the bibliographies of new articles I like. However, my work life is too busy for me to read things when they are really new–I mostly binge read in the summer, so I can wait a little longer to find out about new research.

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    Mikaila

    January 9, 2014 at 9:46 pm

  6. I’m feeling a little bleed between “word of mouth” and “twitter”/”facebook.” And a little leading: “the old fashioned way.” Anyhoo, looks like my three are the top three: carrier pigeon, nasty rumor, and unsolicited email.

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    Jenn Lena

    January 9, 2014 at 10:25 pm

  7. My top three were Google Scholar, Twitter, and reviewing, but let me add some nuance. To use March’s terminology for learning, I tend to do most of my exploiting (i.e., learning new things in my areas of expertise) through Google Scholar and reviewing, but Twitter and blogs tend to be for exploring (i.e., learning new things outside my areas of expertise). Social media are great for finding new research in neuroscience, law and economics, political science, and all of the other disciplines whose journals I don’t normally read or review.

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    Brayden King (@braydenk)

    January 9, 2014 at 11:52 pm

  8. I didn’t count explicitly searching, when I use WOS, JSTOR, Google Scholar, etc (UMD doesn’t subscribe to SocIndex anymore now that it was bought by whomever). But another one I should mention is Google Scholar email alerts – I set up to get emails whenever items I specify are cited.

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    Philip N. Cohen

    January 10, 2014 at 1:24 am

  9. I voted TOC alerts. That’s how I find most new stuff.

    Also, I’ve never used SocIndex. I don’t think my grad school had it and my current place has never had it. I’ve always used Sociological Abstracts. Anyone ever used both? Is one more helpful than the other?

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    Ken

    January 10, 2014 at 3:10 am


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