Welcome to my Science Blogging Projects Page

This is the home page for research studies on scientists' blogging being conducted by Christina K. Pikas, a doctoral student at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.

I address questions such as, '"do scientists even use blogs?" on the page linked from the Background tab.

Papers, posters, and presentations resulting from this research will be posted here under the publications tab when possible.

Project 1: How and Why Chemists and Physicists Use Blogs

The purpose of the project was to obtain in-depth information on how and why scientists use blogs to communicate information.  The project consisted of two parts:  qualitative content analysis of a purposeful sample of blogs maintained by scientists and in-depth interviews with scientists who blog.

Project 2:  Finding Community in Science Blogs

The purpose of this study is to use social network analysis using the links between blogs (blogrolls, comments, within posts) to locate communities.

This research has been reviewed according to the University of Maryland, College Park IRB procedures for research involving human subjects.

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