Research Blogging in PLos ONE

Walter van den Broek
May 21, 2012

Regularly I post about research findings as published in scientific peer reviewed journals. Mostly on topics such as depression, chocolate, ECT and medical education. ResearchBlogging.org aggregates these posts based on peer-reviewed research to make it easy for blog readers to find your these posts about academic research. In PLoS ONE an article is recently published which analyzed a sample of blog posts from ResearchBlogging. They also analyzed the bloggers and referenced journals. So in a way this is also about me.

This is what they found:

  • bloggers showed a preference for papers from high-impact journals. the most frequently referenced journal sources in the sample were: Science, Nature, PNAS and PLoS One
  • they blog mostly about research in the life and behavioral sciences
  • most bloggers had active Twitter accounts connected with their blogs
  • at least 90% of these twitter accounts connect to at least one other RB-related Twitter account
  • the average blogger is male, either a graduate student or has been awarded a PhD and blogs under his own name.

Oh and here is the ResearchBlogging logo
ResearchBlogging.org
Shema H, Bar-Ilan J, & Thelwall M (2012). Research Blogs and the Discussion of Scholarly Information. PloS one, 7 (5) PMID: 22606239

 

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