We study the configuration of science communication in science blogs written by scientists. The studied phenomenon fits into the contemporary context of participatory culture where there is an increasing of initiatives of scientists in the creation of independent blogs. In initial mapping, we located 66 Brazilian science blogs written by researchers and graduate students. A preliminary analysis, based on the observation of 1.187 posts of science blogs, makes it possible to describe some characteristics related to their content and use by scientists. Results show that the content is distributed in the following categories: scientific themes, scientific praxis, services and others. Scientists use blogs to disseminate scientific and informal contents that have no place in scientific traditional publications. In the first case, blogs extend accessibility and interaction between scientists and readers, by facilitating the access of any user of the internet to information that was previously restricted to a smaller group of scientists. In the second, blogs occur as spaces of reflexivity where the scientist exposes its worldview and reflects and discusses issues that impact their daily practice. By potentiating an approximation with non-specialized public, blogs can consolidate themselves as spaces of interaction and collaboration between scientists and non-scientists.

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Science communication in blogs of scientists
Reflexivity and collaboration

Natália Flores   Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Isaltina Gomes   Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

We study the configuration of science communication in science blogs written by scientists. The studied phenomenon fits into the contemporary context of participatory culture where there is an increasing of initiatives of scientists in the creation of independent blogs. In initial mapping, we located 66 Brazilian science blogs written by researchers and graduate students. A preliminary analysis, based on the observation of 1.187 posts of science blogs, makes it possible to describe some characteristics related to their content and use by scientists. Results show that the content is distributed in the following categories: scientific themes, scientific praxis, services and others. Scientists use blogs to disseminate scientific and informal contents that have no place in scientific traditional publications. In the first case, blogs extend accessibility and interaction between scientists and readers, by facilitating the access of any user of the internet to information that was previously restricted to a smaller group of scientists. In the second, blogs occur as spaces of reflexivity where the scientist exposes its worldview and reflects and discusses issues that impact their daily practice. By potentiating an approximation with non-specialized public, blogs can consolidate themselves as spaces of interaction and collaboration between scientists and non-scientists.

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