What does scholar.social need to develop into a place that is really dedicated to academia and science and to actually be useful for (real) academics?

Twitter has gained traction in various fields because it is actually useful for news about new papers and developments in your field, and for staying connected with your colleagues.

It requires effort to stay free of distractions there however. I manage somehow with a list only dedicated to my subject, and ignoring politics and heated discussions etc., but I've seen some people stopping to use it because of Twitters goals of driving their attention to non-science stuff and time wasting.

Hi there! I'm a PhD student in computational cognitive neuroscience / neuroinformatics in the Netherlands, working on similarities between human and machine vision - so I am tooting / tweeting (under the same handle) about , , , and some tools that help with all the work, mostly in . I'm also very interested in movements.

Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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