Science journalism & communication

By Frank Nuijens | Keep up with the latest news and views about science journalism, science communication and science policy.

CDC banned from using 7 words, including “science-based,” in budget documents

Other forbidden words include “evidence-based,” “fetus,” “transgender,” and “vulnerable.”<p>The Trump administration has reportedly banned officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using these seven words in budget documents — a move that some are calling downright …

Public Health

When to Pay for Scicomm, When to Get Paid for Scicomm, and When to Scicomm for the Love of It

<b>By Paige Jarreau, PhD, Science Communication Specialist, College of Science, Louisiana State University</b><p>Navigating the popular science media ecosystem …

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CAREER FEATURE<p>How museum work can combine research and public engagement<p>Curation jobs are an ideal opportunity to showcase skills in collation and …

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NEWS FEATURE<p>The science that’s never been cited<p><i>Nature</i> investigates how many papers really end up without a single citation.<p>PDF version<p>The geneticist …

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NEWS<p><i>Nature</i>’s editor to step down after 22 years in charge<p>Philip Campbell to continue at publisher Springer Nature.<p>Quirin Schiermeier<p>Search for this …

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Goodbye to Storify

It’s a good thing George recently wrote about alternatives to Storify, because the service has announced that as of May 16, 2018, Storify will no …

Marketing

Freelancers Organize to Demand Payment From Beleaguered Nautilus Magazine

Nautilus, the luxe online and print magazine covering science and ideas, has struggled to pay its writers. Now those writers are striking back.<p>Last …

Journalism

2017

What research caught the public imagination in 2017? Check out our annual list of papers with the most attention.

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EDITORIAL<p>Loss of net neutrality could harm research<p>Moves to create a multi-speed Internet could push science into the slow lane.<p>Two decades ago, …

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NEWS<p>French researchers hope new chief will revitalize troubled funding agency<p>Microbiologist Thierry Damerval appointed head of France’s National …

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NEWS<p>Iran’s Supreme Court confirms death sentence for jailed scholar<p>Few options remain to halt the execution of disaster medicine researcher Ahmadreza …

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Trusting science in an age of distrust

The results of three European surveys of public perception of science from Germany, Switzerland and Sweden break some urban myths<p>What does trust in …

Research

Test your research impact muscles! Are researchers getting the support required to realise the potential impact of their work?

<i>Knowledge and awareness of research impact-related concepts and terminology varies greatly among researchers around the world. To help researchers</i> …

Research

Do you Sciku? A guest post from The Sciku Project creator Andrew Holmes

<i>Today we have a guest post from Andrew Holmes, a visiting lecturer at the University of Chester. His research is focused on animal welfare,</i> …

Poetry

As science becomes more international, scientific editorial boards lag behind

In an era of global science, the diversity of editors controlling the flow of scientific information remains virtually unchanged over the last three …

Research

Dan Rather’s Vision for Scientists in an Era of “Fake News”

“The fate of our very planet is at stake,” renowned journalist Dan Rather told a roomful of scientists yesterday at the American Geophysical Union’s …

Fake News

science communication germany

<i>Tatyana Dubich was one of the organisers of this year’s N2 Science Communication Conference that took place last month to encourage science</i> …

Research

Science journalist Steve Connor takes aim at ‘corrosive effect’ of embargoes in British Journalism Awards acceptance speech penned prior to his death

An acceptance speech written by science journalist Steve Connor before his death two weeks ago was read out at the British Journalism Awards last …

Journalism

Where are the rising stars of research working? Towards a momentum-based look at research excellence

<i>Traditional university rankings and leaderboards are largely an indicator of past performance of academic staff, some of whom conducted the research</i> …

Research

How We Think About Variation Is at the Heart of Our Scientific Literacy Crisis

We should stop worrying about the limits of human knowledge, and start worrying about wasting the knowledge we already have.<p>In a recent essay, Martin …

Mars Rover

Why are we working so hard to open up science? A personal story.

In the Fall of 2011, Sarah Mackenzie, the maid of honor at my wedding, was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. Sarah and her family were …

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Universities spend millions on accessing results of publicly funded research

University research is generally funded from the public purse. The results, however, are published in peer-reviewed academic journals, many of which …

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Promising to ‘Make Our Planet Great Again,’ Macron lures 13 U.S. climate scientists to France

What initially looked like an impish dig at President Trump by French President Emmanuel Macron over climate policy has turned into a concrete plan.<p>First, when the Trump administration proposed slashing federal science budgets and then, on June 1, when Trump pulled the United States out of the …

Climate

13 Great Gifts for Academics

It’s hard enough to understand what PhD students and professors actually <i>do</i>, let alone find them that perfect gift. While I dislike the rampant …

ACAT

MPs to get science classes

Sarah Wild is a multiaward-winning science journalist. She studied physics, electronics and English literature at Rhodes University in an effort to …

Science

An "odd paper" confirms the importance of critical thinking in science journalism

A Case for the Odd?<p>Issac Asimov said today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact, and truly, much of the cutting-edge tech we’re starting to …

Scientific Research

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WORLD VIEW<p>Peer reviewers need more nurturing<p>Richard Catlow explains why three national scientific societies are calling for research evaluators to be …

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NEWS<p>Investigation finds Swedish scientists committed scientific misconduct<p>Probe centered on controversial paper that claimed microplastic pollution …

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