Blogs as Interfaces between Several Worlds A Case Study of the Swedish Academic Blogosphere

Sara Kjellberg

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The purpose of this article is to examine the use of blogs as tools in scholarly communication practice. The article is based on a case study of the Swedish academic blogosphere. It starts with an overview of earlier research about blogs which is followed by a presentation of earlier research on scholarly communication practice. Disciplinary differences regarding the use of ICTs are considered specifically. Sixty-seven Swedish academic blogs are investigated using content analysis, supplemented by a webometric study of the same material. The results indicate agreement across disciplines regarding the use of blogs as tools. One conclusion is that blogs do not replace a previous form of communication, but function as distinct interfaces between four arenas: the university, the research field, the general public, and private life.
Translated title of the contributionBloggar som gränssnitt mellan flera världar: en fallstudie av den svenska akademiska bloggosfären
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-45
JournalHuman IT
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Information Studies


  • blogs
  • blogosphere
  • ICT
  • webometrics
  • scholarly communication practice


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