Over the weekend we finished transferring ResearchBlogging.org from its dependably quirky old home to sleek new digs. If you haven’t visited the site in the past 72 hours, you should definitely head over to take a look — or even if you have, you should go back again, since dozens of new posts have been added over the weekend. In addition to a fantastic redesign, the site has tons of new features.
We’ve been working for the last six months with Seed Media Group, who has generously donated hundreds of hours of project management, site design, and development from their expert SMG Technology division, to create what we think is the best expert blogging hub on the planet.
As always, the site collects thousands of the best posts from hundreds of expert bloggers around the world. We eliminate personal posts, rants, press releases, and instead focus in only on thoughtful discussion and analysis of peer-reviewed research.
But the site also offers an array of new features, including the following:
- Multiple language support
The site now supports non-English language blogs. German is the first language we support, and we’ve now registered over 30 German bloggers. We’ll be rolling out new languages as we build communities of bloggers and administrators in each language.
- Topic-specific RSS feeds
Our most-requested new feature: Readers can now receive automated announcements via RSS when there is a new post in the language and topic areas of their choice — only German posts on Physics, Astronomy, and Chemistry, for example. [Should be ready by the end of the day today!]
- Post-by-post tagging with topics and subtopics
Bloggers can now customize how their posts are index not only with main topics such as Health, but subtopics like Neuroscience, Kinematics, and Public Health.
- Post flagging
Research Blogging has always relied on users to let us know when a post doesn’t meet our guidelines. Now users can simply check a box to indicate that a post doesn’t cut it, and it will be checked by an administrator and removed from our database if necessary.
- Customized user home pages with bios and blog descriptions
- Blogger photos/other images displayed with each post
- Ability to import older posts
- Multiple bloggers per blog
- Multiple blogs per blogger
- “Recover password” feature
- Email alerts when there is a problem with posts
- Advanced troubleshooting features
But don’t take my word for it — just visit the site. And if you’re a blogger who writes about peer-reviewed research, sign up and share your work with the world!