If you haven’t checked out the BPR3 initative (Bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting), now’s your chance to see everything that’s going on with BPR3 in one place: The new web site has just gone live.
Set your bookmarks to researchblogging.org for the latest news on our efforts to identify promote blogging about peer-reviewed research. I’ll probably still occasionally post here and link back to BPR3, but from here on out, that’s the site to visit for the latest news on the project.
There’s still a little dust in the corners as we build the site, and everything is pretty much plain-vanilla for now, but this will be the headquarters for what we hope will eventually become a portal for serious academic blogging from across the disciplines.
A little background information, from the site’s About page:
BPR3 came about because several academic bloggers in different fields saw the need to distinguish their “serious” writing from news, politics, family, bagpipes, and so on.
But we need your help. We’d like to design an icon that academic bloggers can use to mark posts where they discuss and cite peer-reviewed research. It’s a trickier problem than you might think: just defining “peer review” itself is hard to do.
Coming up with an icon that fairly represents many different fields is also a challenge. Cognitive Daily already uses such an icon to discuss psychology research reports, but the icon is customized to his needs and his site’s design. In the coming weeks, we’ll be working with academic bloggers from many different disciplines to build an icon that will work for everyone.
Down the road, we’d like to use bpr3.org to aggregate all the posts discussing peer-reviewed research from across the disciplines.