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  .

Jeroen van den Bergh, awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands

The environmental economist at ICTA-UAB Prof. Dr Jeroen van den Bergh was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University of the Netherlands.

Paris Agreement hampered by inconsistent pledges, new ICTA-UAB research finds

Some countries' Paris Climate Agreement pledges may not be as ambitious as they appear, according a new study carried out by researchers from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).

High lead concentrations found in Amazonian wildlife

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the UVic-UCC detect high levels of lead concentration in wildlife samples from the Peruvian Amazon caused by lead-based ammunition and oil-related pollution in extraction areas.

Study gauges trees’ potential to slow global warming in the future

The Pyrenean forests, the Cantabrian coast and Galicia show an important potential to accumulate even larger amounts of carbon dioxide in the future and thus help to slow down the increase in CO2 concentrations which are warming the planet.

Why do environmentalists eat meat?

A study by researchers at the ICTA-UAB analyses the reasons why environmentally-minded scientists find it difficult to give up meat consumption, one of the world's greatest environmental problems.

La gestión del verde urbano permite incrementar la presencia de pájaros en las ciudades

Incrementar la biodiversidad del verde urbano permitiría aumentar la presencia de aves paseriformes en las ciudades mediterráneas, según un estudio científico realizado por investigadores del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) que analiza qué estrategias hay que implementar sobre la vegetación urbana para conseguir "naturalizar" las ciudades favoreciendo la entrada de flora y fauna.

The Ebro River annually dumps 2.2 billion microplastics into the sea

An ICTA-UAB study analyses the distribution and accumulation of microplastics from one of the main rivers of the western Mediterranean.

European project to support rooftop greenhouses projects

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) is launching an open call to support rooftop greenhouse projects, in the framework of GROOF Project.

El ICTA-UAB participa en el proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos

El Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) es una de las instituciones impulsoras de un proyecto que habilitará 10 escuelas de Barcelona como refugios climáticos para disminuir el impacto de las altas temperaturas del verano.

New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency

Researchers from ICTA-UAB and the Goldsmiths University of London suggest that emissions reduction is only compatible with a lower economical degrowth or a degrowth scenario.

Indigenous knowledge, key to a successful ecosystem restoration

Ecological restoration projects actively involving indigenous peoples and local communities are more successful. This is the result of a study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB).
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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