What is Science Blogging?
In his latest issue, Research Trends, a sister newsletter of Scopus, gives a good summary of what is science blogging, including a David Crotty’s interview.
“For bloggers, this is a personal expression that illustrates science engagement more than objective authoritative information”
Christina Pikas defines science blogs as, “blogs maintained by scientists that deal with any aspect of being a scientist, or blogs about scientific topics by non-scientists”.
The article cites Adam Bly from ScienceBlogs who estimates that 33% of scientists would use blogs :
actually this figure refers to a survey done by SEED media in 2009: the Seed State of Science Report, which is not really confirmed by the little number of scientific blogs in the Web;
Some estimate at 20,000 the number of science-oriented blogs, to compare to 126 millions of existing blogs around the world!!!
Kamalski, Judith. Blogging about science. Research Trends, May 2010. Online: http://www.info.scopus.com/researchtrends/archive/RT17/beh_dat_17.html