This could be something major for blogging. BPR3 has opened up its aggregator on a trial basis to bloggers at ResearchBlogging.org. It’s a site with a handy icon to identify when someone is blogging about peer-reviewed research. It’s also an aggregator for these posts. This gets interesting because you can browse by category, like Anthropology. Historians have to make do with the Other category for now, but if it takes off amongst historians and classicists then it seems a new category would be feasible.
What I particularly like about is is the citation generator. This puts all citations in the same format and when you visit the homepage you can see the opening of the blog post, and the paper it cites. I suspect the generator works easily with a DOI, but that’s rare in archaeology and ancient history at the moment. Thankfully the manual entry isn’t painful.
To work with it, I’ve created a new category here Research Blogging. The first entry will be comments Peter Heslin’s new paper in JRS on the Horologium Augusti which goes live 23rd of January. I’m already getting searches for that. Hopefully there’ll be a weekly or fortnightly addition of other papers. I may also see about retroactively tagging some of the older papers.
I’m very pleased because I wanted to think of a way to deal with difference between research you can check and research you can only read about in a press-release. The first draft of that poem’s finished and will go live Thursday.Google+