Is blogging contributed to Science? An interesting editorial appeared in Journal Nature.

Is blogging a part of science, journalism or public discourse? In fact it may be all of these — an ambiguity that can sometimes leave scientists feeling uncertain about the rules of the game. Imagine, for example, a case in which Nature’s blog The Great
Beyond highlights new scientific results presented at a conference on climate. That blog entry then stimulates an online debate, with climate skeptics interpreting the results their way, and others firing off rebuttals. Imagine also that the work is described in a paper that had been accepted, but not published, by Nature. The authors of the paper want to enter the fray, but feel inhibited from doing so because of the embargo imposed by Nature and many other journals on communication by authors to the media ahead of publication. And why was Nature blogging their work anyway, ahead of its publication?
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