This post continues the ideas on blogging to tackle publication bias, and blogging for all academics.
As USC Rossier reacted on Twitter by wondering if blogging could overtake peer-reviewed journals, an interesting discussion followed. I storified it for your interest!
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Can blogging add value to our publications?
In a recent blog post http://phdtalk.blogspot.nl/2012/12/why-blogging-is-for-every-single.html I addressed some of the concerns that might prevent academics from blogging. In a following Twitter conversation, the controversial idea of blogging to overtake peer-reviewed journals was postulated,
Storified by Eva Lantsoght · Sat, Dec 08 2012 03:07:25
In case you missed it – go share this with your colleagues that don’t like the webz: Blogging for Every Single Academic http://www.evalantsoght.com/2012/12/why-blogging-is-for-every-single.html?spref=twEva Lantsoght
.@evalantsoght shows why it’s important for academics to blog. Will it overtake peer-reviewed journals? http://www.evalantsoght.com/2012/12/why-blogging-is-for-every-single.htmlUSC Rossier
@USCRossier @evalantsoght yeesh, I hope not. How on earth can we judge quality? Whoever gets the most retweets?Morgan Polikoff
@mpolikoff @evalantsoght Great point. We prob need both blogs & peer-review. Both serve important purposes, often overlapping.USC Rossier
@USCRossier @mpolikoff there’s a lot of extra that never makes it into papers that can be featured on blogs: bits of code, (1/2)Eva Lantsoght
@USCRossier @mpolikoff discussions of lab procedures, what doesn’t work (to tackle publication bias),… (2/2)Eva Lantsoght
Most of the time, I only “need” for my research what is published in the paper – ie. the main finding, the advances for my field. However, when I really want to use someone’s work as a solid basis, I often try to dig up the old research reports or theses related to the publication. Can we take this one step further, and pool up our tools online? Can we use blogging to share additional tools, insights, lessons learnt from doing experiments, lessons learnt from failures etc… ?
@evalantsoght oh, that’s a good point! Of course that makes sense.Morgan Polikoff
@mpolikoff although I’m not sure if blogs are the best place to share code etc… Still wondering how we can share our tools #phdchatEva Lantsoght
I still wonder where we can actually share this information. I would encourage a distributed system, in the cloud as compared to “old-fashioned” big library systems (that would need more funding etc for its upkeep, and if that gets privatized and needs to yield profit, we again lose the opportunity for truly open science) – but how can we make such a system sufficiently searchable?
@ajmceachin @mpolikoff @evalantsoght Can’t blogging itself be a form of peer-review? Many great bloggers had no formal peer-review.USC Rossier
@USCRossier great bloggers, sure. Does that mean we should make them tenured professors?Morgan Polikoff
@mpolikoff Not necessarily. But blogging can help academics build their reputation both w/i & outside their own school.USC Rossier
@USCRossier @mpolikoff @evalantsoght But the best blogs (and bloggers) first earn solid reputations via the peer-review process.Andrew McEachin
@USCRossier fine; this thread started w/ you asking whether blogs would overtake journals. Journal articles are #1 factor in tenure.Morgan Polikoff
@USCRossier @ajmceachin @mpolikoff these are different skills – publishing in journals is much more profound than bloggingEva Lantsoght
@USCRossier so no, blogs shouldn’t overtake journals. They are ancillary at best.Morgan Polikoff