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Exploring climate change impacts through popular proverbs

Members of an irrigation community doing maintenance work in an acequia de careo (irrigation canal built at the top of the mountain) to improve the circulation of water for irrigation and human consumption.

Neolithic vessels reveal dairy consumption in Europe 7,000 years ago

Pottery from the site located in Verson (Francia) analysed during the research (Picture by Annabelle Cocollos, Conseil départemental du Calvados ou CD14 publicada en Germain-Vallée et al.

Mapping out the impacts of pollution upon Indigenous Peoples worldwide

Sulphur mine in Ijen, Java, Indonesia. Picture by Joan de la Malla.

Economic growth is incompatible with biodiversity conservation

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Encuesta: El rol del verde residencial durante el confinamiento por el brote de COVID-19 en España

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ICTA-UAB shares protective material with hospitals

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Power struggles hinder urban adaptation policies to climate change

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Analysis of tropical fire soot deposited in the ocean will help predict future global climate changes

The ICTA-UAB begins a scientific expedition in the Atlantic Ocean to collect dust and smoke samples from the fires of tropical Africa deposited in marine sediments.

What elements and characteristics should forests have to influence human health?

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Red coral effectively recovers in Mediterranean protected areas after decades of overexploitation

Protection measures of the Marine Protected Areas have enable red coral colonies (Corallium rubrum) to recover partially in the Mediterranean Sea, reaching health levels similar to those of the 1980s in Catalonia and of the 1960s in the Ligurian Sea (Northwestern Italy).

Sub-national “climate clubs” could offer key to combating climate change

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Victoria Reyes-García receives an ERC Proof of Concept grant linked to the LICCI project

Victoria Reyes-García ICREA Research Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is one of the 76 top researchers that will receive ERC Proof of Concept grants.

ICTA-UAB demands the UAB to reduce number of flights

Given our current climate emergency, recently acknowledged by the UAB, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has drawn up a proposal urging the University to put into action a new travel policy to tackle one of its most polluting activities: Flying.

New assessment finds EU electricity decarbonization discourse in need of overhaul

It’s well known that the EU is focusing its efforts on decarbonizing its economy.

Mining waste dumped into Portmán Bay continues to release metals into the sea 25 years later

The waters of the Mediterranean Sea continue to receive dissolved metals from the mining waste deposited in Portmán Bay (Murcia) 25 years after the cessation of mining activity.

A new ICTA-UAB project to assess the impacts of micro- and nano-plastics in the tropical and temperate oceans

A new project led by ICTA-UAB researcher Patrizia Ziveri is one of five projects selected for funding by the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans).

Big data reveals extraordinary unity underlying life’s diversity

Limits to growth lie at the heart of how all living things function, according to a new study carried out by ICTA-UAB researchers  .
Opinion piece: "How to promote your work" by Vassilis Kostakis

Date: 2019-07-22

How to promote your work


By Vassilis Kostakis in the Giorgos Kallis' blog


Congratulations. You've made it! Your paper is published and you hope that people will read it and colleagues will cite it. In the age of information overflow and short attention spans, how do you maximize the impact of your work on academia and society?

I am sharing here seven tips. Bear in mind that the list is not all-inclusive and that there is no golden rule. The value and the implementation of the following proposals are context-specific.

1. Add content and references to relevant Wikipedia entries. Several researchers read Wikipedia articles as the latter often represent the common understanding or the state-of-the-art regarding a specific research topic. For example, if you publish a paper about “hackerspaces” and “degrowth”, the new knowledge your paper offers may enrich the Wikipedia entries about hackerspaces, makerspaces, degrowth, political ecology, digital commons etc.

2. Share it wisely in relevant mailing lists and in online “communities” or “groups” on social media. You may ask a close colleague to share the paper instead. But beware. Too much sharing or impersonal sharing will backfire. Using the example of the “hackerspaces & degrowth” paper, you could share it in Degrowth-oriented mailing lists and feature it in the “theory” section of the webpage.

3. Engage scholars and turn them into supporters. Invite senior scholars, whose work has inspired you and is cited in your paper, to comment on your final draft. If they accept, acknowledge their support, share the published paper with them and they may share or cite it. It is possible that they will kindly refuse because they are in hectic time - which is probably true. In any case, once your paper is published, send them an email.

4. Publish pop science essays (op'eds) or give interviews. You can communicate the main story of your academic paper to a larger audience via popular outlets. Depending on the focus of your research, outlets from The Conversation, the Great Transition Initiativeand Aeon, who often publish short essays written by academics, to Guardian, Open Democracy or Wired may serve as venues to share your work. Moreover, you may consider writing for blogs that communicate provocative ideas to a less diverse but still broader audience than a typical academic journal, such as the Entitle Blog. In a future post, we will discuss how you may pitch and publish opinion pieces in such media outlets.

5. Create dynamic and static (info)graphics or even videos. For instance, this is a tweet by the publisher of a recent book I published. You may also share engaging quotes or reactions when sharing the paper on social media. 

6. If possible, publish open access (and make sure that you avoid predatory publishers) and then share. If you don't publish open access, you may promote your paper via social media sharing the link to the limited free copies that most journals will offer you. Once the free copies are over, you may use the green open access option and share a link to a preprint of your article.

7. Present your work in formal and informal events, from conferences and symposia to workshops, seminars and grassroots fora. Some of the tips above may also help you to better communicate your narrative before, during, and after the event.

Which of these tips can you apply to promote your work? Do you have additional strategies that have worked for you? How can science best reach society at large?



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