Last week a wrote some final comments to submissions for „Innoqual“ where I am, together with Grainne Conole and Anne-Cristin Tannhäuser, responsible for the next issue. And within a „practice-based“ submission I found the following.
The comment is part of the „commentathon“ – everybody was free to comment – this part of the „open review“ to a parallel traditional review. And yes, for me it is also questionable if a 🙂 is scientific.
It was not the first time to find a smiley in a more or less scientific contribution (btw. the contribution in our case was for the „practice-based part“ and is not a traditional scientific text). And I also used a 🙂 in of my latest publications.
But to proof the scientificness of the 🙂 there should be a 🙂 in at least some titles of a scientific contribution. (At least, this is my approach :D)
And I remember that Martin Ebner already had some strange things in a paper title („@twitter analysis of #edmedia10– is the #informationstream usable for the #mass“ see here). But I just checked: He never used a 🙂 in a title.
But is there a scientific paper with an emoticon in the title? What does Google Scholar say? Do scientist started to smile in titles?
Hm. I guess, not. – 🙂 are not (very) scientific by now 😀