Praise of bloggers

From Peter Suber’s Open Access-Newsletter 2007 January


In 2006, for the first time, I discovered more useful new peer-reviewed literature by searching blogs than by searching journal tables of contents or general indices. Bloggers are very good at finding new articles, often because they are the authors or colleagues of the author. And unlike other discoverers of new articles, bloggers tend to share what they’ve found. There are more bloggers than ever before, including more academic bloggers than ever before. Bloggers are early birds because they’re willing to cover preprints and conference presentations. But they can even scoop journals in announcing published articles because so many journals take inexplicably long to publicize their own work. (Have you noticed that many journals publish a new issue on Day 0, update the online table of contents on Day 2, send out the email or RSS alert on Day 4?) Blogs are better connected to one another and to search engines than journals or even repositories. And for most people, running a couple of blog searches is much easier than running a dozen vertical searches at separate sites. For all these reasons blogs are becoming the Vehicle of First Exposure for a growing body of new research –if not the net’s very first notice of a new article, then its first widely noticed notice.

Yesterday was Public Domain Day

In the life+70 universe, today marks the entry into the public domain of published works of sole or last-surviving authorship by British statistician Karl Pearson; German historian and polymath Oswald Spengler; British anthropologist Joseph Daniel Unwin; British surgeon and medical professor Sir Berkeley Moynihan; Australian novelist and war correspondent Alfred Arthur Greenwood Hales; American writer and novelist George Allan England; American author Edward Hagaman Hall; British historian Charles Sanford Terry; Alaska governor Scott C. Bone; American publisher William Webster Ellsworth; British historian Sir Richard Lodge; English poet and humorist Harry Graham; English writer and poet Edmond Gore Alexander Holmes; French historian and journalist Jacques Bainville; Scottish-Canadian journalist and archivist Alexander Fraser; French poet and historian Pierre de Nolhac; Russian composer Aleksandr Glazunov; Canadian poet Ruth Collie (pseud. “Wilhelmina Stitch”); American evangelist William Haven Daniels; American anthropologist Thomas Talbot Waterman; American writer Marie Van Vorst; German geophysicist and engineer Conrad Schlumberger; Canadian historian and archivist Arthur George Doughty; American legal scholar Thomas Adkins Street; British botanist Margaret Jane Benson; British author and popular historian Louise Creighton; Newfoundland Governor David Murray Anderson; Spanish author Joaquín Abati y Díaz; Austrian-Swedish physician Robert Bárány; American Vice-President Charles Curtis; Canadian journalist and historian Arthur Hugh Urquhart Colquhoun; American writer Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews; Canadian theologian George Coulson Workman; Scottish journalist and author Donald Alexander Mackenzie; German Egyptologist Alfred Wiedemann; Irish writer Justin Huntly Mccarthy; Scottish Physiologist John Scott Haldane; American writer Elizabeth Robins Pennell; spiritualist author Violet (Nee)Chambers Tweedale; British ghost story writer M. R. James; Icelandic electrical engineer Frímann Bjarnason Arngrímsson; American historian Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer; Australian journalist and politician George Mure Black; Italian composer Ottorino Respighi; British author John Collis Snaith; Canadian fisheries biologist Edward Ernest Prince; Canadian professor Edmund Kemper Broadus; Canadian legal scholar and politician John Augustus Barron; Canadian historian and antiquarian Gerald Ephraim Hart; French writer Juliette Adam; American novelist and women’s rights campaigner Mary Johnston; French economic historian Henri Eugène Sée; French historian Marc de Villiers du Terrage; American historian James Harvey Robinson; German philosopher Moritz Schlick; British author Lilian Julian Webb (pseud. “Cynthia Stockley”); New Zealand poet and journalist Arthur Henry Adams; Field Marshal Edmund Henry Hynman Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby; English author G. K. Chesterton; American detective novelist Arthur B. Reeve; English scholar and poet A.E. Housman; pioneering American “muckraker” journalist Lincoln Steffens; British surgeon Sir Charles Alfred Ballance; Spanish dramatist and novelist Ramón del Valle-Inclán; British military officer Edmund Henry Hynman, Viscount Allenby; American legal scholar and politician James Montgomery Beck; British author Rudyard Kipling; American diplomat Charles Hitchcock Sherrill; Russian author Maxim Gorky; Prince Edward Island Premier Walter Maxfield Lea; British novelist and playwright Emily Morse Symonds; British novelist and suffragette Beatrice Harraden; Canadian historian Charles Napier Bell; Spanish poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca; Irish physicist Alexander Anderson; American politician and author William Hope Harvey; Victoria state Premier John Allan; German-born mathematician Stefan Cohn-Vossen; French musicologist and composer Julien Tiersot; Russian medical scientist Ivan Pavlov; French poet and critic Gustave Kahn; British writer Effie (Adelaide) Maria Albanesi; Spanish author and philosopher Miguel de Unamuno; Dutch poet and novelist Jan Jacob Slauerhoff; Italian novelist and dramatist Luigi Pirandello; Scottish author and nationalist politician R.B. Cunninghame Graham; British economist and journalist Harold Cox; Indian author Dhan Gopal Mukerji; “Father of Indian Co-operation” Sir Frederick Augustus Nicholson; Canadian historian and author Agnes Christina Laut; Joseph Conrad’s wife Jessie Conrad; Norwegian-American author and diplomat Rasmus B. Anderson; French poet and novelist Henri de Régnier; and Canadian historian and editor Thomas Guthrie Marquis; among many others.

And Karl Kraus, see

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