Cornelius Puschmann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin       Merja Mahrt, Heinrich-Heine-Universität DüsseldorfForm and Funct...
1. How do ICTs/the Internet reshape scholarship?2. How is scholarly communication reconfigured?                3. How do sc...
Prior research on scholarly blogging• Mortensen and Walker (2002):  blogs as tools for writing and knowledge management• W...
Why do we care? (Alt)metrics!• natively digital formats (blogs, wikis, tweets, ...) not part  of formal academic evaluatio...
Issues of defintion               scholarly/science/academic blog defined by content                           defined by act...
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What are the motives of scholarly bloggers?• online questionaire among bloggers on the German-  language platform SciLogs ...
I blog...                 because I enjoy writingto present my field to a general audience        to establish a thematic ...
Important functions of my blog are...          discussion and exchange of ideas      presenting the results of my research...
In terms of style, my blog emulates... it varies from post to postpopular science publications              essays/op-eds ...
Through my blog, I...   answer the public’s questions         repay a debt to society                                   0%...
SciLogs: one platform‘s take on scholarly blogging• the SciLog authors blog because they enjoy engaging  with the general ...
Thank you for your attention!
Form and Function of Digital Genres of Scholarly Communication: Results of the SciLogs study
Form and Function of Digital Genres of Scholarly Communication: Results of the SciLogs study
Form and Function of Digital Genres of Scholarly Communication: Results of the SciLogs study
Form and Function of Digital Genres of Scholarly Communication: Results of the SciLogs study
Form and Function of Digital Genres of Scholarly Communication: Results of the SciLogs study
Form and Function of Digital Genres of Scholarly Communication: Results of the SciLogs study
Form and Function of Digital Genres of Scholarly Communication: Results of the SciLogs study
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Presentation by Merja Mahrt and mysekf given at the Conference on Science and the Internet (#cosci12), held from August 1-3, 2012, in Düsseldorf.

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Form and Function of Digital Genres of Scholarly Communication: Results of the SciLogs study

  1. 1. Cornelius Puschmann, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Merja Mahrt, Heinrich-Heine-Universität DüsseldorfForm and Function of Digital Genres of Academic Communication International Conference on Science and the Internet (#cosci12) August 3rd, 2012 Düsseldorf, Germany
  2. 2. 1. How do ICTs/the Internet reshape scholarship?2. How is scholarly communication reconfigured? 3. How do scholarly blogs fit in?
  3. 3. Prior research on scholarly blogging• Mortensen and Walker (2002): blogs as tools for writing and knowledge management• Walker (2006): change of usage over time• Gregg (2009): blogs as a subcultural form of expression, part of constructing a professional identity• Bar-Ilan (2004): aims of scholars inferred from form and content• Luzón (2009): use of hyperlinks in academic blogs• Kouper (2010): “virtual water cooler” for experts
  4. 4. Why do we care? (Alt)metrics!• natively digital formats (blogs, wikis, tweets, ...) not part of formal academic evaluation (though there are exceptions)• this may change in the future, as metrics become more personalized• output in digitally native formats is likely to increase
  5. 5. Issues of defintion scholarly/science/academic blog defined by content defined by actor”a blog with scholarly ”a blog written by a content” scholar” ...but what makes ...but who exactly is a content scholarly? scholar and who isn‘t? Genre as a possible point of convergence?
  6. 6. resea og rch blo bl g en ces ci scholarly blog carn et de r eche rech different terms & concepts eWiss ensc haft sblo g blog ic digita ad em l lab n otebo ac ok
  7. 7. What are the motives of scholarly bloggers?• online questionaire among bloggers on the German- language platform SciLogs (n=44)• platform is run by popular science publisher Spektrum der Wissenschaft• all respondents are regular authors on SciLogs• majority of bloggers male (73%)• majority with a natural sciences background (59%)
  8. 8. I blog... because I enjoy writingto present my field to a general audience to establish a thematic presence to raise grievances/controversies to express myself creatively 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% percentage of respondents who somewhat or fully agree with the statement
  9. 9. Important functions of my blog are... discussion and exchange of ideas presenting the results of my researchpublishing texts written for other purposes 0% 15% 30% 45% 60% percentage of respondents who somewhat or fully agree with the statement
  10. 10. In terms of style, my blog emulates... it varies from post to postpopular science publications essays/op-eds I have my own style non-scholarly blogs scholarly publications 0% 10% 20% 30% 40%
  11. 11. Through my blog, I... answer the public’s questions repay a debt to society 0% 15% 30% 45% 60%percentage of respondents who somewhat or fully agree with the statement
  12. 12. SciLogs: one platform‘s take on scholarly blogging• the SciLog authors blog because they enjoy engaging with the general public• blogging is not seen as a replacement for traditional scholarly publishing• blogging is also not seen as a replacement for science journalism• instead, different blogs occupy different niches between popular science writing and public discussion of science• other platforms (Hypotheses.org, Researchblogging.org) are based on different sociotechnical conceptualizations and follow different aims
  13. 13. Thank you for your attention!

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