How to write a tweetable abstract


Just when you have finally mastered how to write a coherent and concise abstract for your research paper, publishers have changed things up. A number of publishers also now require a ‘tweetable abstract’.


Tweetable abstracts should provide the main conclusions or the key message of a paper in a way that is easily understood.

A common mistake made by academics in writing tweetable abstracts is not using tags or hashtags. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Assistant Editor, Samantha Ponton said ‘very few authors use the symbols ‘@’ and ‘#’ in their tweetable abstracts, to refer to an author’s Twitter username or to tag a keyword, respectively’.

‘Hashtags can be used to increase the visibility of a tweet, as users can search Twitter for keywords using this symbol as a prefix, for example, #ecology or #statistics’ she said (Submission requirement aims to boost social media engagement, 2013).

Other common mistakes include using overly technical scientific jargon and superfluous hashtags, or exceeding the character limit (How Twitter Literacy Can Benefit Conservation Scientists, 2013)

Not sure how to write for Twitter? Check out this helpful guide from the University of Pennsylvania. Or the 2014 BRW article 14 tips for getting the most out of Twitter Audience Platform.

Further information
Social media library guide
This guide provides links to helpful social media resources online and in the library.

Griffith University Social Media Guidelines
These guidelines outline the University principles concerning the use of social media and provide advice that assists staff in establishing and using social media spaces. They are framed within the University policies relating to conduct, copyright and intellectual property, privacy, use of information technology and information security.

10 immutable laws of email etiquette

Dog with mouth open

Mind your manners!

There are so many rules in life.

Don’t chew with your mouth open. Don’t eat after 7.30pm (you can thank Oprah for that one). And the wardrobe-limiting – blue and green should never be seen unless there’s something in between.

Nobody can follow all the rules. You have to pick and choose ones that resonate with you.

Whether you are partial to a midnight snack in your blue and green onesie, or you chow down at a work function with your mouth open, you have to consider which ones may have a negative impact on your life.

Let’s be honest, wearing an olive green blouse under a navy suit will hardly hold you back at work. Unless you work at Vogue, and even then, it could be perceived as fashion-forward.

And it’s the same with email. There are some email etiquette rules that you should absolutely follow so you don’t horrify your colleagues with your awful email manners.

Then there are others which you can flagrantly break with no consequences. For instance, a clear subject line is super helpful, but if you forget to write one, it’s no biggie (or is it? You tell me).

And if you happen to overuse exclamation marks in a friendly email to a colleague, they’ll know you’re just enthusiastic, and not childish and unprofessional.

So what are the email etiquette rules you should absolutely follow?

Tim Sanders discusses the 12 immutable laws of email etiquette in a video series on Books24/7 (yes, there are videos in the popular eBook database). Here’s 10 of his immutable laws:

  1. 1.  Don’t give bad news over email
  2. 2.  Don’t copy an email over someone’s head
  3. 3.  Stamp out ‘reply to all’
  4. 4.  Think before you forward
  5. 5.  Never pre-address an email
  6. 6.  Don’t send an email at unprofessional hours
  7. 7.  Don’t write War and Peace over email
  8. 8.  Break the thread with a phone call
  9. 9.  Don’t send an email to someone that you could hit with a rock (figuratively-speaking)
  10. 10. Don’t send massive attachments (without warning)

To access the video, search for ’email etiquette series’ in Books24/7.

Our first Human Library was a success!

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Nathan campus library hosted our very first Human Library event on Wednesday 24 May 2017 and it was a huge success!

Human Library is a worldwide movement promoting equity and diversity. It is about providing a safe space and building a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

People get labelled, it is about taking those labels, tearing them apart and hearing the story behind the person. It is about having open and honest conversations that can lead to greater acceptance, tolerance and social cohesion in the community.

We provided 20 Human Books to borrow, all with different ‘labels’, from Activist and Adopted to Muslim and Refugee. Readers were able to borrow a book for a 15-minute slot. They asked questions, and listened, recognising that the Human Book is not just a label, but they had a story to tell. They are so much more.

We hoped to provide a space to enable social and cultural connection between people, while recognising our differences.

We recognise that no ‘book’ ever has a single story, and our identities are complex. We do not want to ‘interpret’ our books: we want our ‘human books’ to ‘speak for themselves’, and to tell their own stories.

Staff and students came to borrow a ‘human book’ and went away feeling empowered through conversation, with the desire to continue to confront stereotypes and discrimination.

One of our books said: ‘I got to meet interesting people who also had interesting stories. I got to dispel a few myths and provide a few insights. My favourite part was interacting with my Readers – their questions were genuine, honest and engaging’.

Our Human Library event is over for this trimester, but we want you to continue to share your stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!

You can watch the event on YouTube.

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These are the 25 worst passwords of 2016

Halloween has recently passed. A day where we are reminded of frights, scares and horrors. While this is an American-centric holiday, there are some mortifying things a lot closer to home. Like cybersecurity.

We know, it doesn’t sound that scary, does it? Well not as scary as Keeping up with the Kardashians reaching 10 years of air time and 14 seasons. But it can be. Our online world is wrought with potential viruses and hackers.

A large part of keeping your online world secure is passwords. But with so many accounts, come so many passwords. Some are fine – set once and it’s it. Some will prompt you to change at set periods (and they may not all align).

For example, the security-conscious folk at Griffith regularly makes us change our passwords to ensure our account is safe from hackers. And we totally appreciate the automated prompt to stay on top of our online-security. But let’s be honest, it’s hard having to think of a password that is different from your previous 13, has at least six characters, a mixture of letters and numbers… shall we go on? So inevitably, you may choose a password that is too simple, weak or just plain obvious.

So SplashData made a naughty list; the 25 worst passwords for 2016. The list is based on more than 5 million passwords that leaked online last year, and posted for sale online (see, we told you it was scary!).

Is your password on the list?

  1. 1. 123456
  2. 2. password
  3. 3. 12345
  4. 4. 12345678
  5. 5. football
  6. 6. qwerty
  7. 7. 1234567890
  8. 8. 1234567
  9. 9. princess
  10. 10. 1234
  11. 11. login
  12. 12. welcome
  13. 13. solo
  14. 14. abc123
  15. 15. admin
  16. 16. 121212
  17. 17. flower
  18. 18. passw0rd
  19. 19. dragon
  20. 20. sunshine
  21. 21. master
  22. 22. hottie
  23. 23. loveme
  24. 24. zaq1zaq1
  25. 25. password1

Read the full article in Network World, available via the ProQuest database.

How safe is your password? For tips on keeping your password secure, go to Griffith University’s Passwords page.

4 ways to open your research

Open access, strictly defined, means research outputs that are free of restrictions on access and use. It has expanded from research articles and papers, to include open data, books, software and many other formats. Benefits of open access include that it can:

  • Increase the academic and societal impact of research
  • Improve public policy and decision making
  • Allow academics in parts of the world that cannot afford expensive journal subscriptions to access research
  • Allow transparency of research

So, how can you make your research more open?

1. Publish in an open access journal

There are many open access journals to choose from, and journal evaluation services like Scimago and InCites Journal Citation Reports include an Open Access filter so you can easily search for them alongside other features like journal impact factor and ranking. You can also consult the Directory of Open Access Journals.

If your research output is not an article there are other options. For example, Knowledge Unlatched is a publisher which provides free access to scholarly content. While the focus for Knowledge Unlatched has been social sciences from 2018 KU will accept submissions in STEM subject areas.

When choosing an open publisher we recommend the Think Check Submit website to help make that decision. Check out Griffith Library’s Strategic Publishing Guidelines for Authors or talk with your Discipline Librarian.

2. Disseminate your research outputs via Griffith Research Online (GRO)

GRO provides free online full-text versions of your journal articles, conference papers, and more, to a global audience. To make the most of GRO check your outputs are up-to-date with the Office for Research. After the Library checks copyright and publisher policies regarding open access and embargoes we will contact you directly so you can provide the right file for upload

3. Make your research data available

As well as being required by some funding agencies and publishers, making your research data available means other researchers can test and build upon your work. Use the Creative Commons licence tool to choose the most appropriate licence for your data, and select an appropriate discipline based data repository to store your datasets. For further information, consult Griffith Library’s Best Practice Data Guidelines for Researchers, attend one of our research data management workshops or talk with your Discipline Librarian.

4. Increase your online visibility

Excellent research is only one part of your story. The other part is telling people about your research, and there are many tools to do this: Griffith Experts, Google Scholar, ResearchGate, ORCID, ResearcherID and social media platforms.

There is great variation in what each of these tools offers, from publication lists and citations, to online communities connecting with experts, and showcasing experience. By building your research profile and engaging with internal and external networks you provide exposure for yourself that can potentially increase the academic impact of your research.

Effective online profiles can extend the reach of your research so that it is discoverable not only by peer academics but also industry and the general public. Use Griffith Library’s Developing your Online Research Profile module and Academic Impact guide to plan your online strategy and build an effective profile, or talk with your Discipline Librarian.


Open Access Week was in October, and to celebrate Griffith hosted Open Research: Four stories from Griffith, a panel discussion on the 2017 theme, “Open in order to…”. The event was hosted across three campuses, with a diverse audience of academics, HDR candidates, professional staff and librarians in attendance. Our panel of experts discussed their experience in open research, and explored the actions they take as Griffith academics to enhance their impact and benefit the community. The panel and attendees joined in an intriguing and intelligent discussion – check out the photos below!

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More Proquest resources for you

‘Please Sir, may I have some more?’

Just so happens you can! In fact, the Proquest eBook Central – Academic Complete now has access to over 152,000 eBooks!

Proquest recently announced a five year agreement with the publisher Wiley to make an additional 4,000 eBook titles! By the year 2022, eBook Central will carry more than 14,000 Wiley titles. Not only that, earlier this year 1076 ebook titles were added to the collection from publishers including:

  • Cambridge University Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Rowan & Littlefield
  • International Atomic Energy Agency

And to add some icing onto that cake, an additional 6,000 eBook titles were included from Taylor & Francis in a broad range of subjects.  The top three subjects for inclusion from this publisher are:

  • Business & Economics
  • Education
  • History

Hot tip: don’t forget you can search by publishers name (eg. Oxford University Press) and refine your Search by Publication, Subject, Author, etc.

So get searching, scrolling, reading and researching. Enjoy!


Book recommendations from Neil deGrasse Tyson

Have you heard of Reddit /AMA? AMA stands for Ask Me Anything, and people will post a statement heading about who they are or an experience, inviting the reddit community to ask them questions.

Sometimes you’ll find a little gold in there. Like Neil deGrasse Tyson recommending the books he feels every person should read and why (in case you don’t know who he is, Neil deGrasse Tyson is a famous astrophysicist, author and science communicator).  And guess what – they’re all available in our library or via our Bonus+ system! They include:

The System of the World – Isaac Newton
To learn that the universe is a knowable place.

On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin
To learn of our kinship with all other life on Earth.

Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
To learn, among other satirical lessons, that most of the time humans are Yahoos.

The Age of Reason  – Thomas Paine
To learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world.

The Wealth of Nations – Adam Smith
To learn that capitalism is an economy of greed, a force of nature unto itself.

The Art of War – Sun Tsu
To learn that the act of killing fellow humans can be raised to an art.

The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli
To learn that people not in power will do all they can to acquire it, and people in power will do all they can to keep it.

deGrasse Tyson finishes, ‘If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.’

If you’re after some lighter reading, why not check out these other celebrity AMAs: