Indeed, researchers would do well to blog more than they do. The experience of journals such as Cell and PLoS ONE,
which allow people to comment on papers online, suggests that
researchers are very reluctant to engage in such forums. But the
blogosphere tends to be less inhibited, and technical discussions there
seem likely to increase.
Moreover, there are
societal debates that have much to gain from the uncensored voices of
researchers. A good blogging website consumes much of the spare time of
the one or several fully committed scientists that write and moderate
it. But it can make a difference to the quality and integrity of public
This is a remarkably strong and considered endorsement of blogging from a major journal – a promising sign.