January 21, 2022

New Research Article: “Science Blogging: An Exploratory Study of Motives, Styles, and Audience Reactions”

The following article was made available online today by the Journal of Science Communication.


Science blogging: an exploratory study of motives, styles, and audience reactions


Merja Mahrt
University of Amsterdam

Cornelius Puschmann
Heinrich Heine University


Journal of Science Communication
JCOM 13 (03)(2014)A05


This paper presents results from three studies on science blogging, the use of blogs for science communication. A survey addresses the views and motives of science bloggers, a first content analysis examines material published in science blogging platforms, while a second content analysis looks at reader responses to controversial issues covered in science blogs. Bloggers determine to a considerable degree which communicative function their blog can realize and how accessible it will be to non-experts Frequently readers are interested in adding their views to a post, a form of involvement which is in turn welcomed by the majority of bloggers.

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