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Title: Communicating Science Through Science Blogs
Authors: Mishra, Arvind
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: A new era in science communication has begun through the creation of science blogs. Hop on to the bandwagon before you get left out and make a mark for yourself.
THE Internet has dramatically changed the very nature of dissemination of scientific knowledge to the common public over the past few years. Online journals like PubMed Central (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/) and PloSBiology (http://www.plosbiology.org/home.action) have now become as respected as any print journal in the concerned fields. Moreover, now researchers do not send requests for paper reprints any more, as they can easily log on to their online libraries and download the required material. Many search engines now bring to one's fingertips almost everything published in science practically as soon as it is published online. Google search engine is increasingly and appreciably allowing people not affiliated with big universities to find literature online. There is a growing trend of more and more journals coming up with their online editions. In this backdrop of a very varied and vast scenario of scientific activities on the Internet, the advent of science blogs heralds a new era in science communication.
What is a Science Blog?
There are as many definitions as there are science blogs. But in general, science blogs could be defined in two ways: by topic matter and by authority of the author. A science blog is one that always, often, or at least sometimes covers science as a topic or one that is written by a person with some expertise in science like a practicing scientist, a science student, or a science journalist.
Page(s): 29-33
ISSN: 0036-8512
Source:SR Vol.47(01) [January 2010]

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