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.

A warmer ocean will lead to 17% reduction in global marine animal biomass, by the end of the century

Climate change will affect the distribution and abundance of marine life, but the full extent of these changes under future warming has been difficult to predict due to the limitations of individual ecosystem models used for such forecasts.

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.

New cross-boundary approach for addressing wicked weed problems

Weed species continue to spread and management costs continue to mount, in spite of best management practices and efforts by research and extension personnel who promote them to land managers.

Urban green spaces do not benefit the health of all

In general, the creation of parks and green spaces in urban centers has positive effects on the health of city residents.

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé receives an ERC Advanced Grant

ICTA-UAB researcher Antoni Rosell-Melé has been awarded an Advanced Grant (AdvGr) from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop the project "New geochemical approach to reconstruct tropical palaeo-atmospheric dynamics" (PALADYN).

Urban Agriculture on Rooftops Provides Healthy, Fresh and Sustainable Food

​The implementation of urban gardens on building rooftops could produce fresh, healthy and sustainable agricultural food and guarantee the food sovereignty of cities, which are becoming increasingly populated.

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).

Future changes in human well-being more likely to depend on Social Factors than Economic Factors

The changes in the perception of personal well-being that could take place in the next three decades, on a global level, depend much more on social factors than on economic ones.

Success at ICTA-UAB: Six ERC Grants In Three Years

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) has been awarded six European Research Council (ERC) grants in three years, from the end of 2015 to the end of 2018. Each project (of between 1.5 and 2 million euros) lasts for five years and allows the recruitment of a team of six or seven doctoral students and postdocs.
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 www.howtowriteanacademicpaper.com


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 hackerspaces.org 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?



ICTA's Activities