Thus Spake Zuska

Dave Munger at Cognitive Daily introduced today a new set of icons that will help readers identify blogging on peer-reviewed research. You can find the full announcement below the fold, including info on where to find the icons, how to use them, and how to find blog posts tagged with the icons.

We’re pleased to announce that BPR3‘s Blogging on Peer Reviewed Research icons are now ready to go! Anyone can use these icons to show when they’re making a serious post about peer-reviewed research, rather than just linking to a news article or press release.

Within a month, these blog posts will also be aggregated at, so everyone can go to one place to locate the most serious, thoughtful analysis and commentary on the web.

If you’re a blogger, we encourage you to start using the icons now. If you’re a blog reader, look for these icons to find the posts that bloggers have thought the most about, and worked the hardest to create. Here they are, in six different versions:


Visit this page to learn how to use the icons.

Visit this page to see who’s already using them!

Thousands of thoughtful bloggers report on the latest studies, use blogs teaching tools for the classroom, and even speculate about future directions for their own research. But sometimes they also use their blogs to share links to news articles or press releases, or even photos, jokes, or personal rants. The Research Blogging icon makes serious blog posts by serious researchers, teachers, students, and others easy to locate.

In the future, it will do much more, as readers interested in any field of research can create custom RSS feeds with just the topics they want. Researchers will be able to find all the blog posts about a particular study. Scientists will be able to collaborate faster and more effectively. And everyone will be able to discuss and use that work to create new research.

The icons were designed by Uriel Klieger in a contest sponsored by Seed Media Group, Nature publishing, BioMed Central, Public Library of Science, and CABI. Thanks to our sponsors and to Uriel for helping to promote serious research blogging!