The SCICOMM 25 (4.1.16)



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 month’s list, which includes posts I found during the month of March 2016.

NOTE: You’ll notice I’ve dropped Twitter handles from this month’s story list. Unfortunately, many sites/blogs fail to list Twitter handles for authors – and I no longer have time to search for them. In order to continue producing this monthly post, I need to be as efficient as possible. Thank you for understanding.

Top Stories:

  1. If You Aren’t Following This Hashtag You Are Totally Missing Out.
  2. Ask an Ethicist: Should I engage with lay audiences about my research?
  3. Thank You, Robert DeNiro, For Doing the Right Thing For Autistic Individuals And Children.
  4. Why Our Science Institutions Fail Us: The Case Of Boaty McBoatface. 
  5. Should Academics Be Paid For Peer Review?
  6. Why And How To Work With a Scientific Illustrator?
  7. Being Female in Science. 
  8. How to Communicate Science. 
  9. Why They Should Name the Ship Boaty McBoatface.
  10. Academics Can Change the World – If They Stop Talking Only To Their Peers.
  11. What Every Journalist Should Know About Science.
  12. Pseudonyms in Science: Neuroskeptic speaks to Neurocritic, Dr. Primestein, and Neurobonkers.
  13. Failure Is Moving Science Forward. 
  14. Persistent Sexual Harassment is a Primary Reason Women Leave .
  15. Can You Describe Your Research With a Haiku?
  16. Experts Weigh in to Say What a Trump Presidency Might Mean for Science.
  17. De Niro Reverses Decision: Tribeca Film Fest Nixes Anti-Vax Docu; Sought Input From Scientific Community.
  18. How to Keep Bad Science From Getting Into Print.
  19. How Science Is Communicated Is More Important Than You Might Think. 
  20. Peer Review is Like a Lottery.
  21. PLoS-1 Published a “Creationist” Paper: Some Thoughts on What Followed.
  22. Stanford Students Learn How to Explain Science.
  23. Scientists (and Journals) Strive to Make Science Accessible to Public (and Each Other).
  24. Forget ’Bout Science, What About the Scientific Method?
  25. What Scientists Want Out Of Online Engagement. 

Honorable Mention:

  1. 6 Writing Mistakes PR Pros Should Never Make. 
  2. Science Communication: The Eight Ideas I Keep Coming Back To.
  3. Not Just : Most Scandalous Retractions in Science.
  4. What Is The Biggest Misconception People Have About Scholarly publishing? 
  5. The ‘Astronaut Teacher’ Inspiring the Next Generation of Space Explorers.
  6. She Wanted to Do Her Research. He Wanted to Talk ‘Feelings.’
  7. How the Scientific Community United Against Tribeca’s Anti-Vaccination Film. 
  8. Scientists Are Seen as Cold, But They Can Foster a Warmer Front.
  9. Anti-intellectualism and the “Dumbing Down” of America.
  10. Should All Research Papers Be Free?
  11. Why Science Must be Digestible.
  12. Clickbait is Devouring Journalism but There Are Ways Out.
  13. The Superb Gravitational Waves Press Conference.
  14. Stop Needless Dispute of Science in the Courts.
  15. Seven Things Every Researcher Should Know About Scholarly Publishing. 
  16. Who is Posting Comments on News Stories, and Why Do They Do It?
  17. Making Better Use of Science and Technology in Policy-Making.
  18. 100 Search Engines For Academic Research
  19. Why Scientific Fraud Hurts People.
  20. Social Science Reproducibility: Not Great, But Not as Bad as Reported?
  21. Should All Research Papers Be Free? 
  22. Coming Down From the Clouds: On Academic Writing.
  23. 10 Books That Anyone Who Cares About Science Needs to Read. 
  24. Can Science’s Reproducibility Crisis be Reproduced?
  25. How Female Science, Math Teachers Influence Whether Young Women Major in  Fields.
  26. : A Parable on Doing Your Research.
  27. The Battle For Free Speech In Science Has Begun. 
  28. Accounting for Impact? How the Impact Factor is Shaping Research.
  29. How to Increase Public Support for Policy: Understanding Citizens’ Perspectives
  30. Should Academics be Policy-Relevant Realists or Cosmopolitan Idealists?
  31. Revisiting the Pacific Standard Critique of Science Journalism. 
  32. How Journalists Can Help Hold Scientists Accountable. 
  33. Wellcome criticizes publishers over open access. 
  34. Is Scientific Misconduct a Bigger Problem Than We Think?
  35. Publicizing Your Work to Support Your Career Aspirations.

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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