The SCICOMM 25 (2.4.16)



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. Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back).
  2. How to write a blog post from your journal article in eleven easy steps. 
  3. In a shifting media landscape, some researchers are doing their own PR. 
  4. A new data journalism tool – and a new way of reporting uncertainty.
  5. Why do scientists chase unicorns? 
  6. Could “Serial” be a model for science journalism? 
  7. Journal editors to researchers: Show everyone your clinical data. 
  8. Citizen science can empower communities 
  9. High rejection rates by journals ‘pointless’.
  10. Imminent Impact: How important is this index? 
  11. How to stop the sexual harassment of women in science: Reboot the system. 
  12. 5 tips on getting your 1st journal paper published. 
  13. How did that make it through peer review? 
  14. Are scientific findings exaggerated? Study finds a steady increase of superlatives in PubMed abstracts. 
  15. Basic science disappearing from medical journals.
  16. Starter storytelling tools for new journalists. 
  17. Most vaccine-related posts on Pinterest are anti-vaccine. 
  18. Revisiting: The problem(s) with credit for peer review. 
  19. Yes, let’s start tracking misleading press releases about scientific findings. 
  20. I’m going to stop ignoring ResearchGate.
  21. Should journalists outsource fact-checking to academics? @
  22. What journalists get wrong about social science, according to 20 scientists.
  23. Explainer: the ins and outs of peer review. by Peter C. Doherty
  24. Do scientific abstracts written in poetic verse effectively represent the actual research? 
  25. The CDC’s incredibly condescending warning to young women. 

Honorable Mention:

  1. Giving up on academic stardom.
  2. Twitter nerd-fight reveals a long, bizarre scientific feud.
  3. Zika virus ‘is about as scary as it gets’ 
  4. Criticism of ‘research parasites’ moves NEJM in the wrong direction. 
  5. How is data science different to mainstream statistics?
  6. So long social media: The kids are opting out of the online public square. by a Felicity Duncan
  7. Check yo genes before you wreck yo genes. Science Soundbites Podcast.
  8. Academic fraud is committed by the ‘Darth Vaders’ of science. Resist the dark side.
  9. Duck and cover: Science journalism in the digital age.
  10. Researchers want a better system for fixing bad science 
  11. Alan Alda to receive Public Welfare Medal – Academy’s most prestigious award.
  12. The water next time: Professor who helped expose crisis in Flint says public science is broken.
  13. Using Twitter to interact, but science communication to preach.
  14. How universities are leading the way for female leadership. 
  15. Uncertainty management: Communicating the Zika risk.
  16. The other half: Functional illiteracy and science communication.
  17. Newspapers aren’t dying as fast as you think.
  18. The dream for an academic life.
  19. The next generation of journalism students has no idea what they’re getting into.
  20. Improving transparency could make it easier for scientists to reproduce others’ findings.

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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