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Two not so separate worlds: Peer-reviewed journals and social media

Posted Apr 06 2012 8:00am

Social media and peer-reviewed journals. Some people would regard these two separate worlds. Perhaps they were once upon a time, but times change and more and more journals are embracing and exploring new uses and are expanding their traditional journal universe with blogs, Twitter accounts etc.

An editorial retreat in The B ritish Medical Journal focusing on social media shows that journals and social media are definitely not worlds apart. As I have been on a pre-Easter break I was unfortunately not able to follow the Twitter stream from the meeting, but in the spirit of social media a Storify (a collection of tweets #BMJseminar ) from the meeting has been put together. It gives a small peak into the highlights of the meeting.

Blogging journals

I have previously blogged about the BMJ ans PLoS blogs and recently the blog of the International Journal of Public Health . Lately, I have also been following Richard Horton, Editor of the Lancet , on Twitter ( @richardhorton1 ) where he actively tweets about the numerous meetings he attends. At times very entertaining and very opinionated.

In addition, I just discovered The Lancet student blog , which aims to give medical students from around the world a place to talk about their experiences of medical school life, and their thoughts on the top health issues of the day. The use of blogs, like they are used at BMJ and PloS, is however, as far as I can tell, nothing the Lancet has engaged in. I wonder why that is?

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