The SCICOMM 25 (2.4.16)

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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. Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back). t.co/avpFuJugNB
  2. How to write a blog post from your journal article in eleven easy steps. t.co/22ac5cB7oH 
  3. In a shifting media landscape, some researchers are doing their own PR. t.co/22ac5cB7oH 
  4. A new data journalism tool – and a new way of reporting uncertainty. t.co/yJcLVqVRFD
  5. Why do scientists chase unicorns? t.co/vkelEW4H6g 
  6. Could “Serial” be a model for science journalism? t.co/pleDLB9oCm 
  7. Journal editors to researchers: Show everyone your clinical data. t.co/pcO0SvDhSC 
  8. Citizen science can empower communities t.co/UvWNgIG5Kv 
  9. High rejection rates by journals ‘pointless’. t.co/r44RBpujQA
  10. Imminent Impact: How important is this index? t.co/22bClybwV9 
  11. How to stop the sexual harassment of women in science: Reboot the system. t.co/gziStGDGIn 
  12. 5 tips on getting your 1st journal paper published. t.co/GAovU7btLv 
  13. How did that make it through peer review? t.co/1lrfjl1I7A 
  14. Are scientific findings exaggerated? Study finds a steady increase of superlatives in PubMed abstracts. t.co/aVpUm9Nfrr 
  15. Basic science disappearing from medical journals. t.co/eukotW6CyC
  16. Starter storytelling tools for new journalists. t.co/E65zSCLf0W 
  17. Most vaccine-related posts on Pinterest are anti-vaccine. t.co/iNlY6GLDNL 
  18. Revisiting: The problem(s) with credit for peer review. t.co/i9ri6i3ciH 
  19. Yes, let’s start tracking misleading press releases about scientific findings. t.co/csAxSvYUgJ 
  20. I’m going to stop ignoring ResearchGate. t.co/fRdbY4mE5l
  21. Should journalists outsource fact-checking to academics? t.co/BM5ldW4C75 @
  22. What journalists get wrong about social science, according to 20 scientists. t.co/f4BTVypmJa
  23. Explainer: the ins and outs of peer review. t.co/UkJwiDGnCc by Peter C. Doherty
  24. Do scientific abstracts written in poetic verse effectively represent the actual research? t.co/ww5lhibHmq 
  25. The CDC’s incredibly condescending warning to young women. t.co/feClfYXdjH 

Honorable Mention:

  1. Giving up on academic stardom. t.co/8KIMKT4j6N
  2. Twitter nerd-fight reveals a long, bizarre scientific feud. t.co/asGL6Bgcv1
  3. Zika virus ‘is about as scary as it gets’ t.co/EI5BIVvN6W 
  4. Criticism of ‘research parasites’ moves NEJM in the wrong direction. t.co/IulnklwMtk 
  5. How is data science different to mainstream statistics? t.co/NuD2Za6Xs
  6. So long social media: The kids are opting out of the online public square. t.co/MdaZtBeMAO by a Felicity Duncan
  7. Check yo genes before you wreck yo genes. Science Soundbites Podcast. t.co/eoQK9kiDsP
  8. Academic fraud is committed by the ‘Darth Vaders’ of science. Resist the dark side. t.co/Lx9ni7p74Z
  9. Duck and cover: Science journalism in the digital age. t.co/FoM2yjaj3U
  10. Researchers want a better system for fixing bad science t.co/7B8CAAQMBn 
  11. Alan Alda to receive Public Welfare Medal – Academy’s most prestigious award. t.co/TBx5ftGEuE
  12. The water next time: Professor who helped expose crisis in Flint says public science is broken. t.co/dM9L5O9YeQ
  13. Using Twitter to interact, but science communication to preach. t.co/QlP6DV06Dc
  14. How universities are leading the way for female leadership. t.co/UIQufif6iZ 
  15. Uncertainty management: Communicating the Zika risk. t.co/OoW7M3W3me
  16. The other half: Functional illiteracy and science communication. t.co/fMzp9HpnS2
  17. Newspapers aren’t dying as fast as you think. t.co/mDP1EkwBRi
  18. The dream for an academic life. t.co/eLVhGJdHvx
  19. The next generation of journalism students has no idea what they’re getting into. t.co/IktUskO5KF
  20. Improving transparency could make it easier for scientists to reproduce others’ findings. t.co/gE8qa9n26N

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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