Back when I was at the Oikos Blog, I discussed emerging standards for citing blog posts.* Of which I heartily approve. The purpose of a citation is to give credit where it’s due, and if credit is due to a blog post, that’s where it should go.
Via email, a correspondent suggests a really handy idea that would make blog posts more citable. There should be a button at the end of the post that would automatically download the citation information for the post to your reference management software. Like the buttons for sharing the post on social media.
Unfortunately, I don’t know if such a thing exists (anyone know?) And even if it does we couldn’t implement it because our blog is hosted for free by WordPress and so isn’t infinitely customizable.
UPDATE: See the comments; there are at least a couple of systems for doing this.
*Yes, people are doing this, including in ecology. Currently working on a post discussing a striking example…