The paper brings reflections about my doctoral research, which investigates the configuration of science communication in science blogs written by scientists. The studied phenomenon fits into the contemporary context of increasing incentive of Brazilian research funding agencies, such as Capes and CNPq, on public communication of science activities produced by researchers. The institutional incentive is added to individual initiatives of scientists, such as the creation of independent blogs. In initial mapping, we located 66 Brazilian science blogs written by researchers and graduate students. Our initial reflections indicate some characteristics related to the use of blogs by scientists. Blogs allow researchers to disseminate their ideas without needing to depend on journalists or press offices of its research institutions. This perspective refers to the dissemination of scientific contents of traditional scientific communication, as to 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 become distinct from other spaces in academia because they give researchers the opportunity to express their opinions and give a personal touch to their writing. They occur as spaces of reflexivity where the scientist exposes its worldview and reflects and discusses issues that directly impact on their practice. By potentiating an approximation with non-specialized public, blogs can be consolidated as spaces of knowledge production efforts between scientists and non-scientists. Mechanisms of approximation of scientific community to non-scientists can be created, facilitating the inclusion of the last ones in participatory dialogue about the roles of science. Based on these preliminary observations, the research project provides in latter stages a discursive analysis of science blogs in order to investigate the self-image constructed by the scientist in these spaces and interactions between scientists and non-scientists that actually occur in blogs.

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Science communication in blogs of scientists
Reflexivity and collaboration

Natalia Flores   Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

Isaltina Maria de Azevedo Mello Gomes   Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil

The paper brings reflections about my doctoral research, which investigates the configuration of science communication in science blogs written by scientists. The studied phenomenon fits into the contemporary context of increasing incentive of Brazilian research funding agencies, such as Capes and CNPq, on public communication of science activities produced by researchers. The institutional incentive is added to individual initiatives of scientists, such as the creation of independent blogs. In initial mapping, we located 66 Brazilian science blogs written by researchers and graduate students. Our initial reflections indicate some characteristics related to the use of blogs by scientists. Blogs allow researchers to disseminate their ideas without needing to depend on journalists or press offices of its research institutions. This perspective refers to the dissemination of scientific contents of traditional scientific communication, as to 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 become distinct from other spaces in academia because they give researchers the opportunity to express their opinions and give a personal touch to their writing. They occur as spaces of reflexivity where the scientist exposes its worldview and reflects and discusses issues that directly impact on their practice. By potentiating an approximation with non-specialized public, blogs can be consolidated as spaces of knowledge production efforts between scientists and non-scientists. Mechanisms of approximation of scientific community to non-scientists can be created, facilitating the inclusion of the last ones in participatory dialogue about the roles of science. Based on these preliminary observations, the research project provides in latter stages a discursive analysis of science blogs in order to investigate the self-image constructed by the scientist in these spaces and interactions between scientists and non-scientists that actually occur in blogs.

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