Guidelines for Scholarly Blogs

These guidelines are recommendations for authors of scholarly blogs to help with long-term archiving, discoverability, and citation of the blog content. They are modelled after the publication A Data Citation Roadmap for Scholarly Data Repositories (1), where many of the same guidelines apply, and where the first author is also involved in the Rogue Scholar. Background info about these guidelines is in a blog post (2).

These guidelines focus on the required or recommended work for scholarly blog authors. For scholarly blog archives additional guidelines are in development.

Required1The full-text content must be made available via public RSS feed (in RSS, Atom or JSON Feed format).
Required2Each blog post in the RSS feed must have a title, author(s), and publication date.
Required3Each blog post must have a URL that resolves to a public landing page specific for that blog post.
Required4The full-text content must be made available via a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.
Required5The blog must provide documentation about long-term archiving, discoverability, and citation.
Recommended6Each blog post in the RSS feed should have a persistent identifier, description, language, and last updated date.
Recommended7The landing page should include metadata required for citation, and ideally also metadata facilitating discovery, in human-readable and machine-readable format.
Recommended8The machine-readable metadata should use markup in JSON-LD format.
Recommended9Metadata should be made available via HTML meta tags to facilitate use by reference managers.
Recommended10Metadata should be made available for download in BibTeX and/or another standard bibliographic format.


  1. Fenner, M., Crosas, M., Grethe, J. S., Kennedy, D., Hermjakob, H., Rocca-Serra, P., Durand, G., Berjon, R., Karcher, S., Martone, M., & Clark, T. (2019). A data citation roadmap for scholarly data repositories. Scientific Data, 6(1), Article 1. (opens in a new tab)
  2. Fenner, M. (2023). Guidelines for Scholarly Blogs. Front Matter. (opens in a new tab)