On Monday the Rogue Scholar science blog archive launched a dedicated API. Today I am reporting on the first Jupyter notebook using that API to generate an overlay blog post.
An overlay journal or overlay ejournal is a type of open access academic journal, almost always an online electronic journal (ejournal), that does not produce its own content, but selects from texts that are already freely available online. From Wikipedia
An overlay blog post applies the idea of an overlay journal to science blog posts, and the Rogue Scholar API – in combination with content that has an open license (CC-BY) – makes that easy.
The Jupyter notebook that I started and made available via GitHub and Zenodo fetches all blog posts using a search term and some other conditions (here written in English and published after 2010). I thought a good search term to try out the concept would be Retraction Watch, after the announcement in September that Crossref has acquired the Retraction Watch database of expressions of concerns and retractions and has made it openly accessible to anyone who wants to use it.
The notebook includes this note:
The query for that search term returned 17 blog posts included in Rogue Scholar (out of about 9,000 posts), and manual curation narrowed that list further down to 12 posts (visualized with Mermaid):
The notebook then generates a bibtex file of all 12 blog posts (easy as they all have DOIs) and generates a summary written in markdown using the title, author, blog name, publication date, and abstract.
The notebook needs some more fine-tuning, and I plan to publish the first overlay blog post next week. But notebooks are an interesting approach to automate the generating of overlay blog posts, open to everyone as the content of the Rogue Scholar API is freely available for reuse. I particularly like using both automation and manual curation using open source tools, which is a powerful combination
Fenner, M. (2023). Rogue Scholar has an API. https://doi.org/10.53731/ar11b-5ea39
Fenner, M. (2023). front-matter/rogue-scholar-notebooks: Initial public release (0.8) [Computer software]. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/ZENODO.8433675
Crossref, Hendricks, G., Center for Scientific Integrity, & Lammey, R. (2023). Crossref acquires Retraction Watch data and opens it for the scientific community. https://doi.org/10.13003/c23rw1d9