Basi vs kolaborasi

Blogging your science doesn’t necessarily degrade the value of your results. It attracts attentions and feedbacks. The second best thing is, still, it will attract more attentions and feedbacks. That way you can have more confident and more iterations in the analysis when you write it as a formal article. That’s how you should be working on your science these days.

Instead of making your work obsolete, blogging attracts collaboration

If you say, “blogging your research will make it obsolete (basi)”, well I might say the other way around. It will bring collaboration (kolaborasi). Put it this way. The more people involve in your work, the more thoughts you can gather, and the more information you can harvest.

Blogging avoids of getting scooped

Getting scooped is when your ideas or your work (part of complete version), is done by someone else before you can even finish it.

  • One case, someone might look at your data without you know it, then use it in his/her analysis and finish it way faster than you.
  • Another case, someone doesn’t know you and know your work, coincidentally work on the same thing as you do, and finish it before you do.
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Let put it again in another perspective. You will create time stamp and by blogging your results. Any article based on the same ideas and writing published after that time stamp and it doesn’t acknowledge your work, then it should be thoroughly questioned.

On the other side, we’re dealing with the long and winding road of peer-review process. It can take a while, since you submit your paper until a stamp says “Accepted”, arrived in your mailbox.

One might say to you, “don’t blog your results before having them written in a peer-reviewed article” or “you might got scooped”, or “your ideas might got stolen” etc. Well they may have their point. But, having it openly accessible, will make your work got noticed by the community and let them build their based on yours.

Unless well, if you’re a CERN scientist working on some colliding atoms to make a secret new source of energy. Which is unlikely. We’re just an ordinary scientists, looking of ways to contribute our knowledge to society. No more, no less.

Here’s a good video from Gary King, a Harvard professor, to convey my above-mentioned message. I found this video in this post: The fear of being scooped: share your work.

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