Help improve by flagging posts for content

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By Dave Munger

We’ve begun to notice occasional posts on that don’t really add much beyond what’s already available in a journal article title and abstract.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our content and we believe that Research Blogging readers are looking for more than an abstract and a link to the post — they want to see thoughtful discussion and analysis of the research. There are plenty of other resources online for sharing titles and abstracts; we want to give our readers something more.

We’d like your help identifying these posts so we can take appropriate action. A few key guidelines give a good explanation of what’s expected:

  • The post author should have read and understood the entire work cited.
  • The blog post should report accurately and thoughtfully on the research it presents.
  • The post should contain original work by the post author — while some quoting of others is acceptable, the majority of the post should be the author’s own work.

A good rule of thumb is that the post should provide more information than is available in the abstract and title of the work. If it doesn’t, it’s not material.

If you’re a registered user and see a post that doesn’t meet our guidelines, please login to your account and flag it by clicking on the “flag post” link that appears in the left column. For posts that you believe are too brief/insubstantial, check the “Not accurate / substantive” box and give us a short explanation of why, as in the (fake) example below:

Flags are not visible to other users. Only editors and administrators are able to see them, so you don’t need to worry about causing stigma to a blogger who may have just made an oversight.

Once an editor sees your flag, he or she will take appropriate action, including possibly contacting the blogger to remind them of our guidelines.

If you’re not a registered user, you can email us about a post you believe doesn’t meet our guidelines.

Thanks for your help in maintaining our high quality standards!

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