Front. Res. Metr. Anal.
Sec. Research Assessment
doi: 10.3389/frma.2022.824538

The role of blogs and news sites in science communication during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • 1R&D Department, TIB Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, Germany
  • 2Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • 3Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
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We present a brief review of literature related to blogs and news sites; our focus is on publications related to COVID-19. We primarily focus on the role of blogs and news sites in disseminating research on COVID-19 to the wider public, that is knowledge transfer channels. The review is for researchers and practitioners in scholarly communication and social media studies of science who would like to find out more about the role of blogs and news sites during the COVID-19 pandemic. From our review, we see that blogs and news sites are widely used as scholarly communication channels and are closely related to each other. That is, the same research might be reported in blogs and news sites at the same time. They both play a particular role in higher education and research systems, due to the increasing blogging and science communication activity of researchers and higher education institutions (HEIs). We conclude that these two media types have been playing an important role for a long time in disseminating research, which even increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be verified, for example, through knowledge graphs on COVID-19 publications that contain a significant amount of scientific publications mentioned in blogs and news sites.

Keywords: Altmetrics, knowledge transfer, Science Communication, science and society, blogs, news sites, COVID-19, Scholarly information

Received: 29 Nov 2021; Accepted: 02 Sep 2022.

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* Correspondence: Mx. Grischa Fraumann, R&D Department, TIB Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, Hannover, Germany