Page 1: Welcome & about the project

I would like to invite you to take part in this study, to understand the types of information that academics share on different social networking sites. This will help understand differences in perceived audience and what is shared about yourself through different sites, and the implications for types of research impact that the tools can assist with.

The first part of the study is an online survey. Interviews will be held in the future to follow up on the survey results, but you are welcome to complete the survey without committing to take part in an interview. The survey is open to anyone working in Higher Education, including graduate students, who use online networking sites.

After the survey has finished, the data will be analysed and written up. Information such as discipline or job position may be included in reports, but names and email addresses will not be disclosed at any point. As a participant, you have the right to withdraw from the study completely at any point prior to the anonymisation of the data. In accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998), the primary data from the survey will be stored in secure electronic media only accessible by the researcher.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Katy Jordan at katy.jordan@open.ac.uk . The project is funded by the Society for Research in Higher Education.

As an incentive and to thank you for your participation, survey completers will be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher. You are welcome to share the survey web address with any friends or colleagues who may be interested in taking part. The survey will remain active until 14th May 2018.

If you agree with the terms of the project as outlined above and are happy to take part in the survey, please indicate your agreement and launch the survey by clicking 'next', below.