Are blogs an extension of academic research? Can blogs be an adjunct to the traditional publication process? Is there a continuum of scholarly commentary through blogs after more formal research articles are published, or a predecessor. The answer appears to be yes. Here are a few examples from the ACI Scholarly Blog Index.
Joshua Gans is the Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair of Technical Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto. His scholarly blog Digitoploy focuses on the economic and strategic perspective on digital opportunities. In addition to his social media connections, Dr. Gans also has an ORCID identifier. Through ACI’s partnership with ORCID, readers can see a list of his published journal articles alongside his blog posts. They can also see his Plum analytics—metrics that display article mentions and citations for particular articles. In addition, Google Scholar also lists his recent journal articles along with the number of citations for a particular article. ACI’s scholarly blogs are also indexed by Google Scholar, so this is another pathway to view a scholar’s published works including scholarly blogs.
Dr. Gans uses his blog to contextualize his journal literature. He and his colleagues recently published an article in the National Bureau of Economic Research entitled “Exit, Tweets, and Loyalty.” In Digitopoly, Dr. Gans provided an overview of the article, in a blog post of the same title, along with valuable background information. Blog posts like these form a bridge to the scholarly literature that can be found through ORCID or Google Scholar.
This ‘bridge’ can help undergraduate students by providing accessible introductions to highly technical scholarly literature. It can even benefit graduate students and others who are already immersed in the literature of their field by highlighting contemporary issues that can lead to other journal articles.
The world of geographic information systems (GIS) also has interesting links between blogs and journal articles, as can be seen in Mordechai Haklay’s blog Po Ve Sham. Dr. Haklay is Director at Mapping for Change and Professor of Geographic Information Science at the University College, London, and his blog covers geography and environmental science. He also reports on the new citizen science movement. Citizen scientists use crowdsourcing to help scholars broaden their reach and analyze more data by contributing local information to a state, national, or global initiative. In 2015, Dr. Haklay attended a summit at the University of Geneva that capped a three-year European Union citizen science initiative. Using the blog posts he wrote during the summit, Dr. Haklay contributed an editorial to the Human Computational Journal titled “Creativity and Learning in Citizen Cyberscience – Lessons from the Citizen Cyberlab Summit.”
The ‘bridge’ between Dr. Haklay’s scholarly blogs and his formal journal publications can be seen in the ACI Scholarly Blog Index. Because his ACI Author Profile features his ORCID identifier, readers can see selected journal articles written by Dr. Haklay.
There are numerous examples of these blog-journal article linkages in ACI Scholarly Blog Index. Readers can view the blogs and see links to journal articles through the ACI-ORCID identifier partnership or search Google Scholar which now includes ACI blog posts for a given author.
Here are some other scholars who use blogs in conjunction with traditional academic publishing and there are many others that can be found in the ACI collection.
Claire Bowern, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Yale, uses her blog, Anggarrgoon, to publish updates on her research in historical linguistics in Aboriginal Australia. Through her ORCID identifier, we can see her journal publications that represent the more formal publications of her language research.
Freedom to Tinker is a group blog hosted by Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy. Edward Felton, Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University and Director of the Center is a frequent contributor to the blog. His research in encryption, digital algorithms, and data privacy is presented in both formal journal publications and in the Center’s blog posts.
We’ll end with a note from Sara Bond, Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Iowa, about citing and archiving scholarly blogs to preserve the scholarly record and maintain the ‘bridge’ between blogs and journal articles. In a recent blog post entitled “Legitimizing the Blog: On Reading, Citing, and Archiving Blogposts,” Dr. Bond writes that “while there are certainly still specious blogs that abound on the web, the number of trusted, well-sourced, and highly researched academic blogs is on the increase.” These blogs play an increasingly important role in the scholarly communication chain, and ACI is proud to help scholars reach ever-wider audiences.