September 18, 2019

Share project pages, not just publications


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TLDR: Share pages that describe your projects. It will help introduce new readers to your work.

The internet is full of places to list/share your publications: Google Scholar, Academia.edu, ResearchGate. They are super useful because they help disseminate the main output of academic research to other academics.

However, just sharing your publications is not enough. You should also share project pages.

Project pages are pages that describe your projects. They don’t have to be long. Just 300-500 words. A little longer than an abstract but significantly shorter than a publication. They answer the following questions:
  • What were you trying to learn?
  • How did you approach the research?
  • What did you learn?
  • Why is the learning relevant?
  • What are some interesting bits of information?
Project pages are helpful for 3 reasons:
  • Project pages can serve as introductions to your research papers.
  • Project pages can show how your publications are related to each other. They can describe the arc of progress that your publications make.
  • Project pages can introduce people who are not yet familiar with your research area, such as students, future researchers, and potential collaborators.
If you already have presentations (slides or videos) or posters of your project, that's great! You can share those in your project pages. Presentations and posters are great because they have visuals and diagrams that could help explain more complicated concepts and ideas about your projects.
Of course, publications are still relevant especially for readers who want to dig further. So don’t forget to add links to related publications in your project pages.

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