Scientists wary of using social media because it is full of 'junk,' not respected by peers

June 6, 2014 8:04 PM

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Scientists wary of using social media because it is full of 'junk,' not respected by peers

The researchers expressed reluctance to use social media and many described it as replete with opinion and "junk" and not a compatible place for scientific research.

Lead author Dr. David Grande, assistant professor of Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues surveyed 215 health and health-policy researchers -- primarily M.D.s and Ph.D.s -- and found 21 percent used blogs and Facebook to communicate their research findings in...

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