More about the Research Blogging Awards

24 03 2010

In my previous post I mentioned that the winners of the very first edition of the Research Blogging Awards are now known.

In Beyond the book* you can hear the First Research Blogging Awards announced (see post).
Here are the podcast and the  transcript of the live interview with the Award organizers Dave Munger of ResearchBlogging.org and Joy Moore of Seed Media.

Dave and Joy talk about blogs in the research space and the reasons behind some of the winners, which include Not Exactly Rocket Science, Epiphenom, BPS Research Digest and Culturing Science.

In the interview Dave and Joy not only talk about the winners but also discuss why it is important that science bloggers write about peer review and form a community. It is also meant “to give people the broader picture about the state of research blogging today online and how all of this is helping to promote science and science literacy and culture throughout the world.”

Two Excerpts from the Transcripts by Moore (which highlights why research blogging is important:

(…..) and what we’re seeing, and it’s quite exciting, is that bloggers, scientist bloggers around the world are putting a lot of very, very thoughtful effort into spontaneously writing about peer reviewed research in a way that is very similar to what you’ll see in say the news and views sections of some of the top science journals. And so what we’re able to see is not only a broader spectrum of coverage of peer reviewed research and interpretation, but we’re also seeing the immediate accessibility to that interpretation through the blogs and it’s open and it’s free and so it’s really opening up the accessibility to views and interpretations of research in a way that we’ve never seen before.

(…..)  One of the most critical aspects of being not only a scientist, but also a blogger is ensuring that you get your work out there and you have recognition and attribution for it and therefore, to continue to encourage the Research Blogging activity, we feel that we can help play a role by ensuring that the bloggers are recognized for their work.

*Beyond the Book is an educational presentation of the not for profit Copyright Clearance Center, with conferences and seminars featuring leading authors and editors, publishing analysts, and information technology specialists.
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Researchblogging Awards. Beaten by a (Former) Rat.

23 03 2010

The winners of the Researchblogging contest have been selected.

I was rudely confronted with the harsh reality that I lost from a fellow Philosophy, Research, or Scholarship blogger, Richard Grant of Confessions of a (former) Lab Rat (and  previously of Life of a Lab Rat).

Very subtle Richard just left a note: “Sorry”.

“Thanks” Richard! And congratulations from the bottom of my heart… (no kidding, I really mean congrats!)
But in one respect you were wrong. You said: “We don’t have the sort of blogs that win awards” Well at least you were half wrong. 😉

Ed Yong of Not Exactly Rocket Science (No?) deserves a special mention, because he won in 3 (!) categories: Research blog of the year, blog post of the year and best lay-level blog. So if you don’t know this blogger it may well be worthwhile to take a look at his blog.

Of course this is also true for all other winners (depicted below).
You can visit their blogs and/or see their Research Blogging (RB) Page.

Congrats to all winners! And heads up to all other finalists. You’re winners too!





Research Blogging Awards 2010

5 03 2010

Research Blogging Awards 2010It is now possible to vote for the winners of the 2010 Research Blogging Awards.

Yet another blog contest, I can hear you say.

Yes, another blog contest, but a very special one. It is a contest among outstanding bloggers who discuss peer-reviewed research.

There are over 1,000 blogs registered at ResearchBlogging.org., responsible for 9,500 posts about peer-reviewed journal articles.

By February 11, 2010, readers had made over 400 nominations. Then, according to researchblogging.org, “the expert panel of judges painstakingly assessed the nominees to select 5 to 10 finalists in each of 20 categories”.

The categories include:

  • Research Blog of the Year  with some excellent blogs like Neuroskeptic (RB page) and Science-Based Medicine (RB page)
  • Blog Post of the Year
  • Research Twitterer of the Year including David Bradley, Dr. Shock and Bora Zivkovic
  • Best New Blog (launched in 2009)
  • Best Expert-Level blog 
  • Best Lay-Level blog 
  • Funniest Blog 
  • Blogs in other languages, like German and Chinese
  • Blogs according to specialty like Biology, Health, Clinical Research, NeuroScience, Psychology etc

I was surprised and honored to note that Laika’s MedLiblog is finalist in the section Philosophy, Research, or Scholarship. Another librarian, Anne Welsh of First Person Narrative is also finalist in this section.

  1. First Person Narrative (RB page)
  2. Christopher Leo (RB page)
  3. The Scientist (RB page)
  4. Laika’s MedLibLog (RB page)
  5. Good, Bad, and Bogus (RB page)

It is now up to you, researchbloggers to vote for your favorite blogs. You don’t need to vote for all categories. It is simply too much and in case of Chinese blogs wouldn’t make much sense either.

You can only cast your vote if you are registered with ResearchBlogging.org.
If you’re not registered (and you blog about peer-reviewed research), you still have time to register. See here for more information. This way you can vote, and most important, can contribute to ResearchBlogging.org. with your review of peer reviewed scientific articles.

Voting closes on March 14, and awards will be announced on ResearchBlogging.org on March 23, 2010.





The 2008 Medical Weblog Awards Polls Are Open!

6 01 2009

award_lr1Just a short notice that you can start voting for your favorite finalists in the Medgadget contest for best medical blogs.

You can find all categories here.

I’m in category: “The best new medical weblog“, for which you can vote here.

I guess that my chances of winning are slim, considering the quality of the other blogs. I’ve become a real fan of [1] Sandsnurf of ‘Life in the Fast Lane, and I regularly read [2] Science-Based Medicine a good quality team-blog about controversies in the relationship between science and medicine, a subject being close to my heart.

New to me are [3] Medtechinsider, another team-blog (editorial staff of Medical Device Technology and European Medical Device Manufacturer), devoted to covering the medical manufacturing industry and its suppliers. And [4] The New Health Dialogue, a policy blog of the New America Foundation.

But let’s not talk too much about the others, shall we….??!! 😉

I truly hope I have earned your vote. But whether you do vote for me or not, please make sure you get to vote for your favorite in each of 7 categories here.

I’m already thrilled having made it to the short list.





A 2008 Medical Weblog Awards Finalist…..

6 01 2009

award_lrSome weeks ago I announced that the Medgadget 2008 nomination of the Best Medical Blogs had started.

The unexpected has happened. Laika’s Medliblog has been chosen as a finalist in the category Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2008).

As a Dutch Medical Librarian, and a novice in the web 2.0 world, I’m thrilled and very honored that I’m among the finalists for this prestigious award.

Special thanks to Wowter (with a Dutch and an English blog) who took the initiative to nominate me.

Here is a complete list of the finalists for The 2008 Weblog Awards. The final list of nominees can be found here.

The voting starts tomorrow, well Tuesday 06-01-2008 (that is today here). Please keep tuned in….scanman-announces-finalists

p.s. How did I found out? Via twitter, of course, where one of the other finalists, “Scanman” or Vijay congratulated some of us.Thanks Vijay.






Nomination Best Medical Blogs at MedGadget

19 12 2008

It is time for the 2008 Medical Weblog Awards!

Since 5 years Medgadget, an independent on-line journal covering the latest medical gadgets and technologies, organizes a competition “to showcase the best blogs from the medical blogosphere, and to highlight the exciting and useful role medical blogs play in medicine and in society.”

The 2008 Medical Blog Awards

The categories for this year’s awards are:

  • Best Medical Weblog
  • Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2008)
  • Best Literary Medical Weblog
  • Best Clinical Sciences Weblog
  • Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog
  • Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog
  • Best Patient’s Weblog

Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, December 31, 2008. You can put your nominations (1 in each category) in the comments section on the Medgadget site.
An update of the current nominees is given here. For further information see here.