Friday, 4 December 2015

Networking and Impact in Academia

One of the advantages of Academia is that it is a quick and efficient way to share your work and connect with scholars across the world, whether employed in public or private universities, or working elsewhere as independent or retired scholars.

Although the statistics provided by Academia are not a measure of scholarly ‘impact’ they do help to illustrate the academic ‘reach’ of this site and its efficacy in empowering the free dissemination of scholarship.

Admittedly, the statistics do not evaluate whether those academic ties are ‘strong’ or ‘weak’; but they do indicate the range of connectedness and suggest the vibrancy of a public sphere that is far greater than the physical international conference circuit, which is often unaffordable for the majority of less affluent academics across the globe.

As an example, my work has connected with scholars in the following countries:

Venezuela, Ukraine, Mauritius, Mexico, Czech Republic, Albania, Armenia, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burundi, Benin, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Algeria, Ecuador, Estonia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guam, Guyana, Honduras, Croatia, Iraq, Iceland, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Morocco, Moldova, Republic of Montenegro, Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic Of, Myanmar, Macao, Malta, Maldives, Malawi, Malaysia, Namibia, New Caledonia, Norway, Nepal, Oman, Peru, Puerto Rico, Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Qatar, RĂ©union, Serbia, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Senegal, El Salvador, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Tunisia, Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, Tanzania, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Virgin Islands, U.S., Viet Nam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe; in addition to FORTY other nations.

I would welcome improved options for social media functionality on the Academia website, in order to forge stronger ties with many of my visitors, and to find out more about their work.

In the meantime, it’s great to keep in touch with so many people through blogs, Twitter, and to a lesser extent through University English on Facebook.