The SCICOMM 25 (3.2.16)



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 during the month of February. 

Top Stories:

  1. 7 mistakes I made when I published my academic book. 
  2. (No Longer Available)
  3. Why reporting on health and science is a good way to lose friends and alienate people.
  4. 25 scientific images so gorgeous you can’t even handle it.
  5. Yes, you’re a great scientist; now shut up about it.  
  6. How to support science communication with policymakers.
  7. Before, during and after the interview – 3 media guides for scientists.
  8. Why can’t scientists cry? The stigma of emotion in science.
  9. Tons of science communication articles at your fingertips – Science Communication Central. 
  10. A shocking analysis finds water is not medicine—and doesn’t have a memory.
  11. (Academic) housework: The engine of science (& society). 
  12. A communication breakdown between science and practice in education.
  13. The tough life of an academic entrepreneur.
  14. How to make people angry: Write about science.
  15. Early PLoS Blogs survey results offer first of many scicomm insights to come. via Victoria Costello
  16. Podcast: Communicating science for policy w/
  17. 10 tips for making hard facts easy reading.
  18. shares a book report on ‘s forthcoming book – Lab Girl.
  19. The Conversation expands across the U.S., freshly funded by universities and foundations.
  20. Gender bias in open source: Pull request acceptance of women versus men. @thePeerJ
  21. Science intersects with art in experimental illustrator’s work.
  22. Scientists should talk to the public, but also listen.
  23. Science and superheroes: How close are we to creating real superpowers?
  24. When it comes down to it, creating art and doing science aren’t all that different.
  25. Social media for science communication.

Honorable Mention:

  1. PHD Comics: Gravitational waves explained  
  2. I’m a freelance writer. I refuse to work for free. @NairYasmin
  3. Study finds bias in how male students view female STEM students  @insidehighered
  4. Mistakes in peer-reviewed papers are easy to find but hard to fix.
  5. Science stereotypes: Improve public engagement by knowing your audience.
  6. The researcher who made nearly every scientific paper ever published available for free to anyone, anywhere  @neurobonkers
  7. Why journalistic research is more important than ever.
  8. PHD Comics: Addressing reviewer comments. 
  9. What can men do to stem the exodus of women from science?
  10. Ah, so this is what gravitational waves REALLY tell us.  @xkcdComic
  11. Is there really a war on science?
  12. 30 ways to tick off a reporter.
  13. Tracking the path from research to public policy on the social web.
  14. The sexual misconduct case that has rocked anthropology.
  15. PR advice from journalists: Press release dos and don’ts.
  16. The logic of journal embargoes: why we have to wait for scientific news.
  17. Many top scientists did not have a first, says study.
  18. Writing advice we should NEVER follow!
  19. Press releases stink. Here’s why that matters.
  20. A changing sector: where is science communication now?
  21. Total open access: The new gospel of scientific communication.
  22. Chocolate prevents preeclampsia? How poor PR helped drive this misleading message.
  23. Can post-apocalyptic literature inform decision-making about our future?
  24. “Science…is all about asking the right question.”
  25. ‘On-ramping’ paves the way for women scientists, engineers to return to academia.
  26. If you fail to reproduce another scientist’s results, this journal wants to know.
  27. Holding ourselves accountable to decisions made before we see the data.
  28. Facts vs. opinions: Beware of false balance in your reporting.
  29. 5 reasons why anecdotes are totally worthless.
  30. Thursday’s massive gravitational wave news was broken by a sheet cake (really).
  31. Mind the expectation gap: Are PhDs and employers speaking the same language?
  32. When fear becomes an unintended public health problem.
  33. Science achievement gaps begin by kindergarten.
  34. Should scientists engage with pseudo-science or anti-science?
  35. Five ways filmmaking helped an M.D./Ph.D. student become a better science communicator.
  36. Don’t wait for a crisis to start communicating about your research.
  37. 5 Aussie science video channels you should follow.
  38. “I want to get Pint of Science to every city in the world”
  39. Could collaborating with scientists be the next step for investigative reporting?
  40. Should academics talk to Katie Couric?
  41. The public professor: How to use your research to change the world.
  42. Can we cure our insatiable need for medical miracles?
  43. Breaking the traditional mold of peer review. @protohedghog
  44. The death of not-for-profit science.
  45. Gravitational waves: Narrative & perspective.
  46. People who oppose vaccines, GMOs & climate change evidence may be anxious – not antagonistic. 
  47. The science byline counting project: Where are the women & where are they not?
  48. The myth of the know-it-all scientist. 
  49. Science fairs have lost their way. Let’s make them cool again.  
  50. Writing about science writing.
  51. Nine scientistic podcasts.  via

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 the next top 25. This isn’t a perfect system for identifying the ‘most talked about’ science communication stories, 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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