The SCICOMM 25 – July 2016

Image (2) SCICOMM-25-300x280.png for post 1623Welcome 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 July 2016.


Top Stories:

  1. Failure in science is frequent and inevitable–and we should talk more about it. 
  2. It’s time for scientists to stop explaining so much. 
  3. 5 things you can do RIGHT NOW to stay up-to-date with science communication research. 
  4. Making peace with self-promotion. 
  5. Rejection lessons: You may not end up where you want to be, but you’ll land where you’re supposed to be.
  6. Inviting researchers to openly participate in the process of research communication.
  7. British academics consider why they were ignored in the Brexit debate. 
  8. Science communication in the post-expert digital age. 
  9. Why scientists should care what the public thinks. 
  10. Science by stealth: Secret missions of a visual science communicator.
  11. New e-journal could be a ‘game-changer,’ if scientists come. 
  12. So what is “science communication?” 
  13. 5 lessons for communicators from stand-up comics. 
  14. The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists. 
  15. “My problem with ResearchGate and
  16. The case against the journal article: The age of publisher authority is gone.
  17. The lure of rationality: Why does the deficit model persist in science communication?:
  18. “An open letter to Professors – your presentations s**k!”
  19. What happens when a harassment whistleblower goes on the science job market. 
  20. Vote for The Women of NASA and it may become an actual Lego set!
  21. A call for better communication in science. 
  22. Social media and the science communication unit. 
  23. Why most academics will always be bad writers. 
  24. An undergrad is doing science communication research, and you should take part.
  25. With a new owner, the hated ‘impact factor’ is overdue for a change.

Honorable Mention:

  1. The secrets of science writing.
  2. So many research scientists, so few openings as professors. 
  3. Scientists becoming better at communicating their work to the public, says researcher.
  4. How women are harassed out of science. 
  5. The 7 most popular scientists on Facebook.
  6. When subpoenas threaten climate science. 
  7. Journalists and academics collaborating? It’s paying off for investigative reports in Canada. 
  8. The future of academic publishing and advice for young researchers. 
  9. How a science website is expanding its reach by producing Zulu content.
  10. Scientists aren’t exempt from feelings, any more than the public Is.
  11. What does it mean to be a woman scientist?
  12. The Matilda Effect in science communication.
  13. Communicating science: How not to s*** in graduate school. 
  14. Science students learn to use social media to communicate research. 
  15. Scientific literature: Information overload. 
  16. Brian Cox on and using science to build bridges between nations. 
  17. Farewell, …bummer!
  18. Ban jargon!
  19. Brexit wrecks it for science. 
  20. Why I love Twitter for science & communication. 
  21. Why science needs progressive voices more than ever.  
  22. Zika and Beyond: Communicating about crises.
  23. Challenges in science journalism.
  24. Naomi Oreskes on how to write about science. 
  25. Not Communicating science? Aiming for national impact.
  26. The iron ladies of online science communication: Experiences, typologies, and roles.
  27. The uneven impacts of research impact.
  28. Announcing the development of SocArXiv, an open social science archive. 
  29. Science and comedy: Part I
  30. Why scientists should write blogs instead of articles. 
  31. UK scientists dropped from EU projects because of post-Brexit funding fears. 
  32. The MIT physicists who infused Ghostbusters with real science. 
  33. A checklist for communicating science and health research to the public.
  34. The secret sins of our scientists.
  35. Our nine-point guide to spotting a dodgy statistic. 

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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