Dave Munger (left) and Research Blogging advisory team member Eric Schnell (right) following a presentation of ResearchBlogging.org at the NISO Discovery Tools forum (a conference for librarians interested in Web 2.0 technologies).
Readers might have noticed the references at the bottom of some of my posts. The generated references and links were done via Researchblogging.org. Want to know a secret? if you only want to read posts on peer reviewed articles you can subscribe to RSS feeds on Researchblogging.org for the subjects of your interest. With a search you can easily subscribe to a blogger, see my blogposts for RSS feed
What is Researchblogging.org?
ResearchBlogging.org is an organization that strives to identify serious academic blog posts about peer-reviewed research. It is a self-enrolled, quality standards program created by Dave Munger, who writes for the psychology blog Cognitive Daily. ResearchBlogging.org aggregates blog posts from around the Web discussing peer-reviewed scientific research.
On Next Generation Science a interview with Dave Munger and one of the founders of Researchblogging.org. You can read about why it was created, the guidelines you have to adhere to become a member and publish under their icon.
I’m a writer who’s also a former science teacher and textbook editor, so I’m very concerned about how information, scientific and otherwise, gets distributed (or not distributed). Greta Munger, my co-blogger on Cognitive Daily, is the real scientist, a psychology professor at Davidson College who identifies the research we write about and makes sure whatever we do publish on our site is accurate and high-quality.
The most interesting part is about the future of Researchblogging.org
I see scientists taking more responsibility for disseminating the results of their work to the public, relying less on the media to interpret their results for them. Eventually every lab will have a blog that discusses not only the research coming out of their own lab, but also other relevant research from around the world. ResearchBlogging.org can be a hub connecting all those discussions, bringing researchers together and sharing that research with interested members of the lay public.
Cool, what do you think?