Every academic journal should have a blog.
Yesterday, Jeremy Yoder directed me (via twitter/his blog) to a new blog: the Molecular Ecologist. I was drawn to it because, well, I’m interested in molecular ecology. But when I got to the site, I got a little over-excited. This is a blog run by the academic journal Molecular Biology Resources, but they want to do more with the blog than just self-report. Their description:
However, we’d like to do more to support the molecular ecology community as a whole. This blog is a step in that direction- a forum for readers and contributors to the journal to discuss the latest papers and trends in the field. Future additions to the site include a comprehensive, searchable list of computer programs and other code (e.g. R packages) useful for analysing genetic data; and a site where novel lab methods can be posted and discussed.
PEOPLE: THIS IS WHAT THE INTERNET IS FOR.
Every academic journal should have a blog! It doesn’t have to be fancy; Molecular Ecology Resources just started up a simple WordPress account. But this creates a space for discussion, sharing of information, to publish additional information such as interviews, and more. I think it’s a great way to get the researchers to do a bit of blogging and share their stories and their research.
It would be self-promotional, that’s for sure. I’m sure the blog will publish many write-ups of their own articles. But if they hold true to their word and try to discuss other important research and trends in the field, it could be very beneficial to the molecular ecology community and be a great model for other disciplines.
Maybe this sort of thing exists elsewhere, but I haven’t seen it done so simply. So good job, Molecular Ecologist. I hope you take this somewhere wonderful and set a great example for other journals.