Excellent post from Travis, raising the question as to whether academic blogging and publishing can conflict.
Originally posted on 上り口説 Nubui Kuduchi:
When we post online about our research topics, or about things we’ve discovered in the course of our research, how much is too much? Where should we draw the line? What should we and should we not share, in order to protect ourselves professionally?
When we write papers, we of course do not write that paper in a public place, such as a blog or a Wiki, while we’re working on it, nor do we post the completed paper online afterwards,* especially if we’re looking to ever develop that paper further, into a dissertation, or into something to get published. There’s too much danger of being accused of plagiarizing yourself (however that works – I have a hard time wrapping my head around precisely why that’s wrong, even though I sense strongly that it is), and, I suppose, if one is worried about such things, too much danger of someone else stealing your ideas or your research. I guess. So, instead, we keep our research to ourselves, until we’re ready to hand it in to our professor, or to publish it, or whathaveyou.
But I read and research all the time, and write Wiki articles, and occasionally blog posts about topics closely related to my research interests. I don’t post online anything I’ve written formally for a class or the like, copying and pasting directly into a blog post or a Wiki article. But, the fields or topics aren’t that different. I write about one topic for my class, and a different topic on my blog, or on the Wiki. Maybe I write a paper for class about the Yoshiwara pleasure district, and a blog post about a particular kabuki play, and a Wiki article about a particular ukiyo-e artist. But it could have just as easily been the other way around.