The SCICOMM 25 (1.8.16)

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Welcome to the first SCICOMM 25 of 2016!

This is where I pull together the week’s 25 most talked about science communication stories, determined by the engagement rate of stories I’ve shared on Twitter. Many are written by the world’s leading science communicators.

Some offer tips and advice, while others tackle important issues we need to discuss and debate. All of them are worth checking out.

I hope you enjoy this week’s list, which includes some posts from the past few weeks that didn’t get featured due to the recent ‘best of 2015’ post. 


Top Stories:

  1. Science communication: Do you need a Ph.D.?
  2. Scientists: The ability to tell a story is as important to your career as designing experiments.  
  3. Science needs more average, non-white, non-male scientists.
  4. The science behind science communication.
  5. The most misleading charts of 2015, fixed.
  6. How can social media be used to increase article citation?
  7. Who’s afraid of Open Data: Scientists’ objections to data sharing don’t stand up to scrutiny.
  8. The science to look out for in 2016
  9. 18 must-follow Twitter accounts about health and medicine
  10. The 12 Most Outrageous Science Scandals Of 2015  
  11. 1 in 40 scholars is active on Twitter. (A neat old poster by
  12. Science – a method of investigation, not a belief system.
  13. What can we do about the science communication crisis?
  14. What’s on the horizon for science blogging?
  15. Is ‘conference fatigue’ harming academia?
  16. Do you want your research to change the world? If the answer is yes, stand up. 
  17. How your bad scientific talk makes me feel.
  18. Can too much science be a bad thing? Growth in scientific publishing as a barrier to
  19. One of the most basic tools of science just got changed in a major way.
  20. The problem with science journalism: we’ve forgotten that reality matters most.
  21. The most ridiculous health claims of 2015  
  22. “Unprecedented!” “Amazing!” “Novel!”: the rise of hype in scientific journals.
  23. Five top tips for getting your paper noticed.
  24. Why care about science communication at all?
  25. Human intuition is essential to science: Why metrics will not improve scientific governance

 Honorable Mention:

  1. Media’s power over science.
  2. Academic Scattering
  3. Editorial: Wikipedia fails as an encyclopedia, to science’s detriment.
  4. Academic anxiety dreams, and what they might mean.
  5. Scientists: Engage the Public! (Here’s How)
  6. Great diagrams of science: What are they doing to those animals?
  7. 18 Eye-Popping Science Instagrams You Should Follow In 2016
  8. 11 tips for giving a great interview to journalists.
  9. When it comes to making decisions, we shouldn’t pretend science is the only show in town.
  10. What 800 nerds on a cruise ship taught me about life.
  11. If a scientist falls in a forest where nobody can hear them, has he/she done science?
  12. Science and art – the rules of engagement.
  13. Should scientific papers be anonymous?
  14. The spreading of misinformation online (paper)
  15. Collaborations are the key to success in modern scientific research, says Michelle Ma.
  16. Want people to read your research, then you’ve got to focus on your readers.
  17. The Science Presentation Checklist helps you stay focused and succinct.
  18. Houston, we have a narrative: Why science needs a story.
  19. Twitter allowing tweets 10,000 characters long – good grief!!!!
  20. Big brands still dominate the scholarly journals business.

How Your Work Can Make The List:

Being considered for the SCICOMM 25 is simple. When you write something great, let me know by tweeting me a link. (@kirkenglehardt) I’ll check it out, and if I think it’s a good fit for the SCICOMM community, I’ll share it in a tweet. If it captures enough attention, as determined by the Twitter analytics on my account, it will make it into that week’s top 25. This isn’t a perfect system for identifying the ‘most talked about’ science communication stories of the week, but it’s the best I can do with the limited time I have to pull this together. So tweet me!

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