Building connections & collaborating

Learning outcomes

  • Understanding the importance of building connections and collaborating for a successful career
  • Awareness of your current digital footprint, and how your online presence can help you to build research connections and collaborations
  • Know which online tools are appropriate for your purposes e.g. discipline, career stage, project goals
  • Confidence in using online tools to build effective research networks

Understand the game

Be strategic, and selective

Identify collaborators 
(partners for research,
funding or future projects)

  • SCU colleagues – search in Southern Cross Researcher Profiles
  • Colleagues you meet at conferences, including cross-discipline collaborators
  • Opportunities for learning new skills and perspectives, build your expertise
  • Government departments
  • Business and industry, e.g. NGOs, registered charities, cultural institutions
  • Practitioners and community, e.g. health, education

Be clear about your research interests and expertise  

  • Maintain your online profiles (in-person collaborators will still search for you online)
  • Use appropriate tools for your discipline, career stage and goals
  • Don’t say yes to every opportunity – some will be of more benefit or more relevant than others, so choose wisely to make the most of your time

Build your network

Where to connect

Where are others in your research area?

You don’t need accounts everywhere, consider where your colleagues are e.g.:

Do not post copyright material to any platform, use social media effectively and responsibly:
SCU media policy

Become a member

Attend events

  • Attend conferences and workshops specific to your research area
  • SCU Facebook or your school’s email lists will advertise events
  • Events on SCU Library website

Promote your research

Marketing yourself

Open Access publishing

Repositories to share your research

Reach beyond academia

How does your research contribute to the economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research?

Data visualisation


  • Google yourself to see what others would learn about you.
  • Select a researcher that you would like to work with one day and Google them. Search for them in the Southern Cross Research Portal, The Conversation, ResearchGate, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, other sites where you think they might be listed as an author.
  • Search for a government department, business, industry or community group that could benefit from your research. What could you do to help them find out about your research?
Getting published