Whoa! ResearchBlogging.org just listed the finalists for their 2010 blogging awards. Brain Windows is one of five finalists for Expert-Level research blog of the year.
Cynics might say that giving out small monetary awards ($50, oh yeah baby!) and allowing voting only by bloggers registered by researchblogging.org is a cost-effective way to promote their site. This is hardly the only promotional tactic out there though. About once a week, I get an email from some firm that wants link share or have a service giveaway to influence content on Brain Windows to drive traffic to their site. I’ve never posted those things because the message never serves the readership of Brain Windows. However, Researchblogging.org does serve a useful purpose beyond just a content aggregator. Posts within that network, as well as Postgenomic, Nature Blogs, and Bloglines feed into the new PLoS One article-level metrics which give an idea about the impact of a publication long before additional journal publications have a chance to cite it. These metrics are another welcome step towards the validation of alternative, democratic models of content distribution in science.
So, if you are a believer in science blogs, alternative metrics of research output, and want to help me with my beer fund, head over to researchblogging.org, register and vote for Brain Windows. Voting invitations are sent out to registered users on March 4th.