Rise of the Research Blogs

(By Jen Schellinck)

Back in the day, researchers would engage in lengthy correspondences to hash out their ideas prior to publishing them formally – some of the more famous of these have been preserved as compelling examples of behind the scenes research collaboration.

In a discussion about our lab blog, Adam brought up the interesting point that researchers are now using blog posts as a way to both informally publish their ideas and at the same time engage other academics in public discussions about these ideas. As an intermediary between private correspondence and formal publication, blog posts are perhaps an important new force in the research world.

Research labs can also take advantage of blogs as a means of giving the world a window into their research efforts and activities. All it takes is a website, clear set of instructions, and some encouragement. On your mark, get set… blog…

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