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Sunday, October 28, 2007

9 guidelines for using the Research Blogging Icon

Dr Shock frequently discusses peer reviewed articles from different journals. BPR3 or bloggers for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting has developed an icon for identification of such articles on blogs. 9 Guidelines for using the icon were published in a recent post on the BPR3 blog

1. The "Blogging on Peer-Reviewed Research" icons are to be used solely to denote individual blog posts about peer-reviewed research.
2. While there is no hard-and-fast definition of "peer-review," peer reviewed research should meet the following guidelines:
* Reviewed by experts in field
* Edited
* Archived
* Published with clearly stated publication standards
* Viewed as trustworthy by experts in field
3. The post should offer a complete formal citation of the work(s) being discussed.
4. The post author should have read and understood the entire work cited.
5. The blog post should report accurately and thoughtfully on the research it presents.
6. Where possible, the post should link to the original source and / or provide a DOI or other universal reference number.
7. The post should contain original work by the post author -- while some quoting of others is acceptable, the majority of the post should be the author's own work.
8. Users and readers may report potential abuse of the icons by emailing the site administrator, Dave Munger (remove dashes). Reported abuses may be brought to the attention of readers and discussed publicly online.
9. Repeated abuse of the icons will result in removal of the privilege of using them.

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