May 22, 2022

New Article: “Research Blogging: Indexing and Registering the Change in Science 2.0”

The following article was published on the PLOS One web site on December 12, 2012.


Research Blogging: Indexing and Registering the Change in Science 2.0


Sibele Fausto
Escola de Comunicações e Artes, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Fabio A. Machado
Instituto de Biociências, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Luiz Fernando J. Bento
Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Atila Iamarino
Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Tatiana R. Nahas
São Paulo, Brazil

David S. Munger
New York, New York


PLoS ONE 7(12): e50109


Increasing public interest in science information in a digital and 2.0 science era promotes a dramatically, rapid and deep change in science itself. The emergence and expansion of new technologies and internet-based tools is leading to new means to improve scientific methodology and communication, assessment, promotion and certification. It allows methods of acquisition, manipulation and storage, generating vast quantities of data that can further facilitate the research process. It also improves access to scientific results through information sharing and discussion. Content previously restricted only to specialists is now available to a wider audience. This context requires new management systems to make scientific knowledge more accessible and useable, including new measures to evaluate the reach of scientific information. The new science and research quality measures are strongly related to the new online technologies and services based in social media. Tools such as blogs, social bookmarks and online reference managers, Twitter and others offer alternative, transparent and more comprehensive information about the active interest, usage and reach of scientific publications. Another of these new filters is the Research Blogging platform, which was created in 2007 and now has over 1,230 active blogs, with over 26,960 entries posted about peer-reviewed research on subjects ranging from Anthropology to Zoology. This study takes a closer look at RB, in order to get insights into its contribution to the rapidly changing landscape of scientific communication.

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