October 24, 2018, by Lisa Chin

Tweeting Soundbites from University of Nottingham Malaysia papers

This post in contributed by Professor Graham Kendall (Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Nottingham | Provost and CEO, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus | Professor of Computer Science).

It is not enough to write a scientific paper, you also want it to be read and be cited. In this age of social media, promoting your paper should not be difficult.

Recently, we have started to tweet from the UNMCProvost Twitter account, using a hashtag of #UNMSoundBite. These tweets contain a very small piece of text (a soundbite) taken from a University of Nottingham Malaysia paper, along with a link to the paper and an image of the top half of the first page of the paper. You can see some examples here.

The hope is that followers will see the soundbite and be interested enough to follow the link and access the full paper.

At the time of writing, we have seven papers in our database. These are:

  1. The effect of using games in teaching conservation, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4509
  2. Targeting and design of heating utility system for offshore platform, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2017.05.184
  3. Why did the elephant cross the road? The complex response of wild elephants to a major road in Peninsular Malaysia, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.11.036
  4. Is Evolutionary Computing Evolving Fast Enough?, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MCI.2018.2807019
  5. How important are the stock market wealth and international tourist arrivals on retail sales?, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13032917.2018.1467331
  6. The future of Indian universities: comparative and international perspectives, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08841241.2018.1463132
  7. Automatic Design of a Hyper-Heuristic Framework With Gene Expression Programming for Combinatorial Optimization Problems, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TEVC.2014.2319051

Each of these papers has about 30 soundbites stored in our database, giving us over 200 tweets from these papers. Every so often, we choose a soundbite at random and tweet it.

When we have time, we will add more papers/soundbites to our database but we would like to encourage others to tweet small soundbites from University of Nottingham Malaysia papers, using the hashtag #UNMSoundBite. It does not have to come from the UNMCProvost account. You can tweet using your own Twitter account.

Alternatively, if you send us a list of soundbites to one of your Nottingham Malaysia papers, we will add them to our database and they will get tweeted on a random basis. If you want to do this, each soundbite should be a maximum of 200 characters (the other characters are needed for other text such as the hashtag and the URL for the paper). We also need the DOI and a PDF of at least the first page of the paper.

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