By its very nature, blogging is an uneven medium. While some bloggers are experts engaging in serious discourse, others are just linking to nonsense they found on other blogs. What makes matters worse is that even the most scholarly of blogs tend to include a mixture of the two (and, as Mark Hoofnagle points out, LOLcats!) As I mentioned last month, a group of bloggers got together to try to come up with a way of denoting that they were writing about peer-reviewed research. Today the project has been officially launched.
The purpose of any of these icons is to alert you to the fact that the blogger is reporting on peer-reviewed research. It’s a way of saying “I’m being serious for a change”. The BPR3 site should also serve as an aggregator. Right now that’s being achieved through links to a certain post, but eventually it should get more sophisticated. I have added a few posts, and I will be including them in a BPR3 category. So far this includes:
And from Plant News
The guidelines for using the icons are available here. The blog post should be based on peer-reviewed literature, not press releases. The blogger should have thoroughly read and understood the article (not just glanced at the abstract abstract and said cool). And the post should include a full reference to the article (and preferably a link and doi). There are also clear instructions on how to use the icons.