Tip 3: Network smarter
It’s never too early to start developing a network of valuable contacts, like-minded colleagues and allies in related fields.
As soon as you’re ready to publish your research, these are the people who will be eagerly waiting to read it – without any extra effort on your part. And, if you follow our tips below, they might even be excited enough to introduce your work to their own audience, who could then go on to share it with more people, and so on...
If you’re at a conference or event, have a business card ready and a quick introduction prepared about who you are and what you do. But remember: you’re building relationships at this point, so be sure to ask other people about themselves. They may be working on something you’re interested in and when the time comes you can help each other get the word out.
Have you joined any academic social networking sites, like Mendeley, ResearchGate or Academia? These online forums are great places to find like-minded scientists. Start by participating in discussions around your research topic and commenting on other people’s work. After a while, this will probably lead to conversations about your work and then you’ll get the opportunity to share your research without any awkwardness.