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

Overview of attention for article published in Royal Society Open Science, October 2017
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blogs
8 blogs
twitter
188 tweeters
facebook
4 Facebook pages
googleplus
1 Google+ user

Readers on

mendeley
48 Mendeley
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1 CiteULike
Title
Bringing ecology blogging into the scientific fold: measuring reach and impact of science community blogs
Published in
Royal Society Open Science, October 2017
DOI 10.1098/rsos.170957
Pubmed ID
Authors

Manu E. Saunders, Meghan A. Duffy, Stephen B. Heard, Margaret Kosmala, Simon R. Leather, Terrence P. McGlynn, Jeff Ollerton, Amy L. Parachnowitsch

Abstract

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.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 48 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 21%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 15%
Researcher 7 15%
Student > Bachelor 4 8%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 8%
Other 15 31%
Unknown 1 2%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 22 46%
Social Sciences 8 17%
Environmental Science 6 13%
Unspecified 6 13%
Computer Science 2 4%
Other 3 6%
Unknown 1 2%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 163. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 23 April 2018.
All research outputs
#59,049
of 9,723,022 outputs
Outputs from Royal Society Open Science
#93
of 1,344 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#3,637
of 259,668 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Royal Society Open Science
#14
of 150 outputs
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