The SCICOMM 25 (March 2017 Recap)

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.


  1. (Study) The scientific workforce is aging as younger scientists hang on the sidelines needing job and grants.
  2. Not all evidence is created equal.
  3. You’re marching for science? Great. Do these things first.
  4. Can we make science communication more scientific?
  5. One reason young people don’t go into science? They don’t fail well.
  6. Why science communication is an essential skill in 2017.
  7. Seven things to keep in mind if you’re going to March for Science.
  8. This year’s best science photos are so good they’re basically art.
  9. How to write a conference abstract: A five-part plan for pitching your research at almost anything.
  10. Scientific papers have more impact if they’re stories.
  11. Why you should be skeptical of science on social media.
  12. Analysis of meta-analyses identifies where the real problems lie in science.
  13. Social media helps researchers connect & stay current – but can also cause emotional distress.
  14. The March for Science won’t meet her goals – or those of organizers. She offers alternatives – though.
  15. Scientists brace for a lost generation in American research.
  16. Digging for the roots of the deficit model – Making science public.
  17. Where fake news goes to die. An inside look at Snopes.
  18. (Video) Science communication: It’s no joke
  19. U.S. science spending pays off ‘bigly’.
  20. Learn to spot alternative facts in science.
  21. Why abbreviations can be bad for science.
  22. Meet Physics Girl, the YouTuber who makes a living explaining science.
  23. Like never before – scientists are engaged in communicating with broader audiences.
  24. A call to action and an early exercise in science communication: Combatting science myth in the media.
  25. Great interview with @shiplives: “On being a PIO in the age of the Internet”


  1. Dozens of scientific journals offered her a job – but she didn’t exist.
  2. Kathleen Hall Jamieson: Minimizing distortion in science communication.
  3. (Study) Does engagement in advocacy hurt the credibility of scientists?
  4. (Video) What makes a popular science video on YouTube?
  5. Why your scientific data isn’t changing anyone’s opinions.
  6. An interview with a writer who believes that stories help science.


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!

Want To See These Stories in Real-Time? …follow me on Twitter @kirkenglehardt

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