The SCICOMM 25 (1.22.16)

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Welcome to the SCICOMM 25!

This is where I pull together 25 (or more) of the 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 posts I found over the past two weeks. 


Top Stories:

  1. 4 mistakes scientists make when they communicate.
  2. Too Much I in Scicomm? Do you make it about you – or about the science?
  3. We need a weapon stronger than facts (Debunking Bad Science.)
  4. Do prestigious science journals attract bad science?
  5. Science Communication: Building your public persona.
  6. “Wow, I didn’t know that before; thank you”: How scientists use Twitter for public engagement.
  7. How not to write about science.
  8. Seriously, get to know your audience.
  9. The incredible tale of irresponsible chocolate milk research.
  10. Science press releases behaving badly: Time to start tracking their retractions?
  11. How universities can avoid the next chocolate milk/concussion debacle.
  12. The relationship between journal rejections and their impact factors.
  13. The (potential) rise of Reddit in science communication.
  14. Making art with drones…100 of them… all at once!
  15. This millennial might be the new Einstein.
  16. You don’t really know how to write a science STORY. Yet.
  17. Escaping the bench for science writing.
  18. Be brave, even as you find your science communication voice. 
  19. Podcasting is perfect for people with big ideas. Here’s how to do it.
  20. Top 12 science communication inspirations.
  21. Blog or Podcast – which do you prefer for scicomm?
  22. Science communication as political communication.
  23. Five strategies for identifying an audience.
  24. AGU’s Sharing Science is helping scientists talk to the rest of us.
  25. Science communication could save lives.

Honorable Mention:

  1. ScienceAlert: Science communication for the masses
  2. Blog post about a scholar’s anti-thank-you has lots of people talking.
  3. Brief portrait of the science journalism community as an “Informationalist” network.
  4. Five strategies to get your academic writing “unstuck”.
  5. Science communication: Why is the turn-over rate for editors so high?
  6. Wanted: A nation of Bill Nyes. Making science mainstream, fun, and relevant. Part 1. via SciOfRelief
  7. 3 ways not to fail at a job in industry after a Ph.D.
  8. 10 tricks to prevent daily communication tools from driving you crazy.
  9. 3 tips to improve your networking skills—advice from an international student.
  10. Are journals giving more publicity to ‘weak science’?
  11. “Scientists need to listen more.”
  12. Science and hype: How overstating facts undercuts trust.
  13. Write as if you were blogging! Or perish?
  14. A very interesting peek into how investigated a scientist’s bizarre alter ego.
  15. Making media stars of women academics.
  16. Thinking innovatively about the risks of tech innovation.
  17. 9 things to love about an academic job.
  18. Science communication: Do you struggle with staying impartial?
  19. Could this teen be the science star of tomorrow?
  20. ‘Tweet or be sacked’: Twitter and the new elements of journalistic practice. 

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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