Why blogging about research matters more than evah!

ResearchBlogging.orgTwo nature news articles make this post. The first one is titled “Scientists may be reading a peak in reading habits”. Read the full news here. With the widespread reading turning towards online rather than the good old library hunting, this is not a shocker. The average time spent on reading is half an hour per article. Now, what they read is not asked. For eg: Did reading a scholarly article mean reading every section or just the valuable snippets of information, mainly from the figure legends? We don’t know.

…The survey defines ‘reading’ as going beyond titles or abstracts to the main body of an article, and so it does not reveal whether researchers are quickly skimming over more articles than they did before…

…Further details from the study reveal that scholars now read more than half their articles on an electronic screen, whereas in 2005, just one-fifth of readings took place on screen…

…Now that researchers can look for articles online, it is clearer that they “power-browse”, says Nicholas, bouncing through a terrain of articles with four or five browser windows open at any one time…

So, what kind of reader are we looking at. IMO, I think I will be looking more into articles that are blogged about. No, I am not saying that the articles need to be have a marketing strategy.  Heavens, No! What I am saying is this lacuna of reading is what research blogging can fill. Whatcha thinking?

The second nature news is a snippet that says that blog citations count towards a research paper!

For 7 of the 12 scientific journals examined in 2009, and 13 of 19 journals analysed in 2010, papers cited in blog posts aggregated by ResearchBlogging.org received more subsequent citations than did papers from the same journal in the same year that had not been cited by blogs.

Isn’t that amazing? In fact, the power of research blogging is yet to catch up with (Ahem!) the people who make decisions.

Hiring and tenure-review committees could use blog citations to assess the impact of recently published papers, suggests co-author Hadas Shema

Anyone listening in the hiring committee? 🙂

Read the full article published in Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology here.
References:

  1. http://www.nature.com/news/scientists-reading-fewer-papers-for-first-time-in-35-years-1.14658
  2. http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/articles/10.1038/nj7486-123a
  3. Hadas Shema,, Judit Bar-Ilan,, & Mike Thelwal (2014). Do blog citations correlate with a higher number of future citations? Research blogs as a potential source for alternative metrics Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology DOI: 10.1002/asi.23037
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