Measuring the reach and impact of science community blogs

Research Cooperative
11/01/21 11:40:27AM

The following open access review article is highly recommended:

M. E. Saunders, M. A. Duffy, S. B. Heard, M. Kosmala, S. R. Leather, T. P. McGlynn, J. Ollerton and A. L. Parachnowitsch (2017)

Bringing ecology blogging into the scientific fold: measuring reach and impact of science community blogs

Royal Society Open Science 4 (11)


The popularity of science blogging has increased in recent years, but the number of academic scientists who maintain regular blogs is limited. The role and impact of science communication blogs aimed at general audiences is often discussed, but the value of science community blogs aimed at the academic community has largely been overlooked.

Here, we focus on our own experiences as bloggers to argue that science community blogs are valuable to the academic community. We use data from our own blogs ( n  = 7) to illustrate some of the factors influencing reach and impact of science community blogs.

We then discuss the value of blogs as a standalone medium, where rapid communication of scholarly ideas, opinions and short observational notes can enhance scientific discourse, and discussion of personal experiences can provide indirect mentorship for junior researchers and scientists from underrepresented groups.

Finally, we argue that science community blogs can be treated as a primary source and provide some key points to consider when citing blogs in peer-reviewed literature.

Lei T
18/01/21 11:39:05AM @lei-t:

As a blog writer, I see the benefits of blogging to share the thoughts and reach out to public audience. Writing a blog on different topics including ecology and science can be a great tool to spread the scientific ideas within the academic community as well as have the peer discussion with direct input and communication.