6 Ways to Streamline Communication in Your Research Group Using Slack

Slack - channels not emails

When it first hit the scene back in 2012, Slack took the business world by storm as the fastest growing enterprise app ever. What made it so irresistible? In a nutshell: it’s real-time chat that integrates with all of your channels, making it a verifiable communication hub. The companies that adopt it claim it’s completely transformed their workflow and nearly eliminated email.

Businesses aren’t the only ones to benefit from the Slack revolution: everyone from high school robotics teams to neuromuscular researchers have found that the app complements their workflow. And we at Paperpile are definitely devoted fans. With team members spread over multiple time zones, Slack helps to keep us all on the same page (without feeling like we need to be glued to email 24/7).

In this sparkly new infographic for our user community, we designed some Slack uses tailored to research groups. Check it out, test it out, and feel free to share it with your colleagues!

But beware, it’s highly addictive and it can cause the same type of information overload as email if not used responsibly, so as always, moderation is key 🙂


Click on the infographic for a bigger version

Slack for research Infographics

This post is part of our series on research productivity. Check out the previous and upcoming posts:

Part 1:  Introduction: Research Productivity: How Business Apps Make the Best Tools for Researchers

Part 2: Use Trello to organize everything: hire your next lab-member, organize a meeting and get your collaborative projects finished on time.

Part 3: Bring order to your Gmail inbox with Streak. Using the practical example of editing a book with many contributors, we show how you can keep track of messages, attachments and deadlines.

Part 5: Keep all your documents organized in one place and collaborate in real-time with Google Drive.