Expanding readership for your research

the conversation 2Are you an academic or researcher keen to share your knowledge and promote your discipline and expertise?

The University’s Press and Public Relations team are seeking contributors to The Conversation, an independent website written entirely by academics, providing news analysis, comment and opinion on current affairs and subjects of interest.

First launched in Australia in 2011, and in the UK in 2013, the website is free for all to access and has a diverse, global audience of readers. Readership in March was record-breaking across all The Conversation’s regions, reaching over five million unique users across the globe. We are delighted to report that readership of the University of Portsmouth’s articles was the fourth highest institution that month, preceded by the universities of Nottingham, Birmingham and Bath.

A recent contributor, Research Fellow Dr Seshadri Nadathur, from the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, said: ‘I’ve received a lot of excellent feedback, and some very perceptive questions through the comments on The Conversation website. And best of all has been the publicity generated for our paper – the stats say my article has been read more than 200,000 times!’

With the announcement of the snap election and interesting times afoot, now is the ideal time to sign up and join The Conversation. If you are interested in becoming an academic expert and potential author, whilst helping us promote the University, please email pressoffice@port.ac.uk and the team will be able to help with the registration process.

If you are interested in writing an article for The Conversation related to the upcoming General Election, the Press and PR team will be holding drop-in sessions on Wednesday 26 April: 12pm–1.30pm in Park Building, room 0.05; and 2pm–3.30pm in The Hub, Dennis Sciama Building. It will be an opportunity for you to discuss your ideas and find out how the Press team can pitch you to editors.

 

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