Pleased to announce that I’ve just gotten my third peer-reviewed paper out of blogging. This one is a short invited piece for a forthcoming special issue of Ideas in Ecology and Evolution on the future of scientific publishing.
In the paper, I list some reasons why blogs are a useful complement to peer reviewed papers, and discuss the role of blogs in economics. In economics, blogging has become an absolutely crucial means of communication and evaluation of ideas. So much so that it can be argued that a single once-obscure economics blogger (Scott Sumner of The Money Illusion) may just have saved the entire US economy. Yes, really–read my paper for more details! I conclude by asking why the “blogging culture” is so different in economics vs. ecology, and speculate on whether things will ever change in ecology.
The whole special issue should be interesting. Stefano Allesina’s paper modeling the consequences of alternative peer review systems is already up.
Like all IEE papers, my paper will be open access once it’s published (should be soon). But in the meantime, the page proof (which needs no corrections) is here.