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Folsom, CA, United States, 2007/02/01 - Online community will bring together world-class scientists from universities and the private sector, science writers, science journalists, amateur scientists, science philosophers and everyone who wants to read about and discuss science.
ION Publications has announced that its online science community, scientificblogging.com, has gone into private beta. The Scientific Blogging community will bring together world-class scientists from universities and the private sector, science writers, science journalists, amateur scientists, science philosophers and everyone who wants to read about and discuss science.
"There are a lot of science sites out there," said Hank Campbell, CEO, "but the more we read the more we realized that most science sites were primarily interested in either politics or they were narrowly focused. We contacted some scientists we already knew, and some we had the good fortune to later meet, and they wanted a place to write where they weren't limited by space considerations but could still reach a general audience. So we decided we had to create the site we wanted to read. I know that most scientists love to talk about their work outside their speciality and they like to have their efforts recognized by the public."
Unlike other science sites, Scientific Blogging will also allow science writers from all over the world to have their own columns. "There are some terrific scientists writing out there who aren't reaching a large audience yet - science is all we're about so the audience is built in."
There are main categories of Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Biology, Neurosciences, Medicine and Culture. Beneath those, there are an unlimited available of sub-categories they can create. New writers will have a chance to build an audience by appearing on the front page of the site and remaining there as their articles gain in popularity. There is also a full author index where all writers will be listed.
The only limitation, said Campbell, is the articles have to be about science and a column can't be just a marketing tool for another site - no advertisements or placeholders that just link to a homepage. To ensure open discourse, anonymous accounts are not allowed during the beta phase. "We are building a community and we want to make it a fun place where we all learn some things. All we ask is that people respect others and share that concept. We have no size or posting frequency limitations and we don't edit the content."
Scientific Blogging (scientificblogging.com) will allow some users to create accounts now to test the engine and comment on the interface. Interested scientists should visit the homepage. "If you're writing about science now and would like to expand your audience, come over and take a look," said Campbell.