Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Scholarly Blogging: The Quiet Revolution

A new book by Axel Bruns and Joanne Jacobs entitled Uses of Blogs was recently released. It contains a chapter by Alex Halavais entitled "Scholarly Blogging: Moving Toward the Visible College."

In the chapter Halavais writes:

"We are in the midst of a quiet, uneven revolution in academic discourse, and blogging and other forms of social computing make up an important part of that revolution. We may filter our view of blogging through a set of archetypal scholarly communication settings: the notebook, the coffee house, and the editorial page. For now, scholarly blogs are a bit of each of these, while they are in the process of becoming something that will be equally familiar, but wholly new."

I need to get a copy of the book to see if he says anything about acceptance by tenure and promotion committees as well as quality indicators and impact factors. Sphere: Related Content


Andrew Pass Educational Services, LLC said...

Here's a comment about blogging and tenure. Posting articles on my own blog probably shouldn't count towards tenure. For nobody has to aprpove the quality of what I write, except for me. However, if I write an article and submit it to another log and the article then gets posted, then I do believe that the article should count towards tenure. Somebody else is reading the article and approving of it to some degree, or they wouldn't have posted it.

Andrew Pass

Eric Schnell said...
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Eric Schnell said...

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for the comment. I feel the pre-publication peer review process as a quality control system is suspect.

The acceptance rate for papers in scholarly journals in some subject areas is fairly high. Papers in these disciplines are very likely to accepted with revisions unless they are simply out of scope or poorly written or organized. Additionally, authors are very lucky to have an article reviewed by more than two reviewers. Scientific fields such as medicine undergo a more rigorous review process, still how frequently are medical and scientific articles retracted?

While they could never be weighed equal to a traditional paper, blogs are scholarly communication and should be considered during tenure review. The problem right now is metrics.

Alex Halavais said...

Hi! Just ran into your post.

If I recall correctly, I didn't really say anything about blogging and tenure. I'm pretty sure it will be a hard sell in the sciences and social sciences for a while. If it does come in, it will be through citation in the traditional literature, I bet...