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Dense academic journals not most convenient form for disseminating research

Many researchers these days are averse to blogging their research for a few major concerns: not being paid to write a blog (as opposed to writing journal papers), blogs do not get citations so they do not feel it adds value to their research and they do not have time to do it.

Whatever the reason might be, it is time we changed this perspective toward communicating research via different mediums. 

“Academic journals are probably an antiquated method of sharing your research and is no longer t…….

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Dense academic journals not most convenient form for disseminating research

Many researchers these days are averse to blogging their research for a few major concerns: not being paid to write a blog (as opposed to writing journal papers), blogs do not get citations so they do not feel it adds value to their research and they do not have time to do it.

Whatever the reason might be, it is time we changed this perspective toward communicating research via different mediums. 

“Academic journals are probably an antiquated method of sharing your research and is no longer the fastest way. As a scientist, it is your moral responsibility to communicate great ideas fast, and blogging or vlogging is a very fun way of doing that,” WSU alumnus Sayonsom Chanda said.

Chanda is also founder and CEO of Sync Energy AI and Plexfo, and an engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

He said vlogging his research on YouTube was one of the smallest steps he took that paved the way for some of the bigger success stories in his career. 

As a researcher (graduate or undergraduate), it is important to develop the communication skills needed to express the main ideas of your research to a general audience. If your research does not find a way to reach the general audience, they just get lost. 

There are many different fields that are looking for solutions to similar problems.

“I have found out in industry that there are algorithms in computer science that could foster solutions for many problems in different fields. It is rare that a power systems engineer is reading a computer science journal to pick up an algorithm,” Chanda said.

We are living in an era of interdisciplinary research. 

If you can bring your research ideas to the mass market and put it in the simplest possible terms, then other researchers can take it to create sparks of ideas that could possibly solve research in their field.

“Writing about my research outside of the academic setting presented me with internship opportunities and visibility in the Machine Learning community that turned out to be an irreplaceable asset in my career,” said Ramesh Sah, doctorate student in computer science.

Academic papers can be dense and not necessarily fun to read. I am trying to learn a complex topic, I prefer to look at videos or webinars or blogs on it instead of an academic paper. I think most of us can resonate with that thought. 

If you prefer your research to reach a wide variety of audience, it is important to write about it outside of your academic setting — it can be anything from blogging to vlogging to even doodling. </…….

Source: https://dailyevergreen.com/120587/opinion/blogging-research-indispensable-in-this-era/