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Toxicol In Vitro. 2019 Sep;59:51-54. doi: 10.1016/j.tiv.2019.04.006. Epub 2019 Apr 5.

The use of social media in scientific research and creative thinking.

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1
Altertox, Brussels, Belgium. Electronic address: francois.busquet@altertox.be.
2
Department of In Vitro Toxicology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Electronic address: mathieu.vinken@vub.be.

Abstract

Young researchers dedicate rightfully most of their time to core knowledge production via laboratory experiments, reading peer-review literature, publishing own results, attending conferences whenever possible as well as undertaking trainings on writing grants, papers among many other activities However, the authors argue here that restricting them to this unique set of activities is jeopardizing creativity and reducing awareness of a more complex picture in science. Other fields linked with social sciences, including scientometrics and epistemological areas covered during conferences and continuous education, may contribute to a more productive working environment for young researchers. To illustrate this, a smart use of social media is described as well as an example of a session. Furthermore, some general suggestions for implementing these activities and opening silos are discussed to increase creative thinking and to make in fine better science.

PMID:
30954652
DOI:
10.1016/j.tiv.2019.04.006

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