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What is Science Blogging?

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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

Written by hbasset

May 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm

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  1. That quote from Bly is maddeningly vague. I’ve seen him give the same figure, 33% of scientists use blogs. But it’s never really defined beyond that. I know lots of scientists who read political blogs, the Huffington Post, cooking blogs, sports blogs. I know very few (almost none, really) scientists who read science blogs. What, specifically does that 33% number mean?

    Also, where is that 20K estimate from? Technorati lists 588 science blogs:
    http://technorati.com/blogs/directory/science/

    David Crotty

    May 26, 2010 at 8:47 pm

  2. Also, they didn’t interview me for the piece, they just grabbed a quote from a blog article I’d written.

    David Crotty

    May 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm

  3. […] a comment » David Crotty and I are wondering how many blogs over the world might be counted as Science […]

  4. Highest % I’ve seen is ~22% for under 36 years old who read or write blogs (the PRC study from Mark Ware Consulting). Of course, as all of the Pew Internet studies show, a lot of people read blogs without knowing they’re reading blogs.

    Christina Pikas

    May 30, 2010 at 2:22 am

  5. […] a comment » Following Christina Pikas’ comment, the extensive STM report of 2009 talks about 15% “who regular read […]


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