Academic blogging with BlogScholar.com

BlogScholar.com, is an open access, not for profit, blog site aimed at academic scholars launched in 2005.  It currently has approximately 260 academic blogs, in categories ranging from history, biology, and law, to library science, art, interdisciplinary, and film studies. Anyone can create an account and submit their blog to the BlogScholar.com editorial review team, who will reply to the author within 24 hours with a decision to accept or refuse their submission.  The editorial review committee seeks to ensure that the author is studying or teaching at the school, college, or university level, or has attained a degree, in the subject area of the blog.  This is the only requirement to fulfill in order to author a blog on this site, the BlogScholar review team does not monitor the blogs, nor do they impose limits on the material that can be posted once an account has been created.

The site is well laid out and easy to navigate, but could still benefit from some additional tweaking. The search function, for example, allows users to search a variety of fields in a blog for information, however when compared to an external Google search of the same terms for BlogScholar.com associated blogs, Google yielded more accurate results.

BlogScholar also has a few fun links on their site, such as a regularly updated list of news stories from other RSS news feeds which the editors handpick for their relevance to the academic blogging community and post in their ‘Storyfinder’ section.

New blogs on this site are featured under the ‘Latest News’ section, along with updates about the site itself and news items pulled from popular media sources such as the New York Times. The site also has a twitter feed, and offers a number of feed options to notify scholars of new content, including RSS, MyYahoo, MyMSN, and ATOM, and OPML.

BlogScholar markets itself mainly to audiences in the academic community, but is viewable to anyone wishing to explore its site. Alexa.com lists the audience of BlogScholar as mainly educated females between the ages of 18-24, with India generating the most traffic for this site.  The United States, the Philippines, and Australia, are also countries where BlogScholar is popular.  The main academic bloggers for this site however, seem to be mainly from the United States.

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    • … and here is a relevant paper that studied
      295 chemistry blog posts about peer-reviewed research from Researchblogging.org.

      Groth, P. & Gurney, T. (2010) Studying Scientific Discourse on the Web using Bibliometrics: A Chemistry Blogging Case Study. In the Proceedings of the WebSci10. Available at http://journal.webscience.org/308

      One of the findings discussed in the paper is that “scientific discourse on the Web is more immediate, contextually relevant and has a larger non-technical focus than the academic literature”

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