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Is US biomedical research heading for a breakdown?

Is US biomedical research heading for a breakdown? | Science Communication | Scoop.it
Senior researchers who helped build the system now think it's unsustainable.

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A big piece of food for thought

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10 tips on how to make slides that really communicate your idea

10 tips on how to make slides that really communicate your idea | Science Communication | Scoop.it
We asked Aaron to bottle his Keynote mojo so that others could benefit from it. Here, find some of his tips for making an effective slidedeck, split into two parts: the big, overarching things, and the little tips and tricks that can boost your presentation to the next level.
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How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists

How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists | Science Communication | Scoop.it
Last week's post (The truth about vaccinations: Your physician knows more than the University of Google) sparked a very lively discussion, with comments from several people trying to persuade me (a...
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"Reading a scientific paper is a completely different process than reading an article about science in a blog or newspaper. (...) Reading a single paper may take you a very long time at first."

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Three tips for sharing science with any audience - The Plainspoken Scientist - AGU Blogosphere

Three tips for sharing science with any audience - The Plainspoken Scientist - AGU Blogosphere | Science Communication | Scoop.it
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"The scientific process is a natural and compelling story. It is filled with mystery and climactic struggles. But for scientists who have never considered sharing science in story form, a little practice can go a long way toward mastering this tool." so, it is not difficult to include elements of stories such as journey, quest, mystery, and stranger comes to town.

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Science Communication Errwhere! The Top 5 Things I Learned at ComSciCon 2014

Science Communication Errwhere! The Top 5 Things I Learned at ComSciCon 2014 | Science Communication | Scoop.it
This past week, I was lucky enough to attend ComSciCon 2014 in Boston. ComSciCon stands for the "Communicating Science Conference" and is basically a workshop run by graduate students, for graduate...
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1. Make sure your science tells a story.

2. Make that story relevant to people’s lives.

3. Understand that people’s environments and social groups shape their opinions. People’s perceptions of science are shaped by those values.

4. Denial of scientific facts and theories happens when people’s values are threatened.

5. People don’t need to love science; they just need not to hate it so much that they stop it from succeeding in informing policy decisions.

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Saying ‘Says’ in Research Writing

Saying ‘Says’ in Research Writing | Science Communication | Scoop.it

"Academics tend to agree that, all else being equal, a simple word is better than a pedantic one. 

There’s one curious exception: we all know to avoid saying ‘says’ in academic writing."

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Useful alternatives to the verb "to say" in scientific writing.

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Finding funding: a rough guide to getting your research wishes granted

Finding funding: a rough guide to getting your research wishes granted | Science Communication | Scoop.it

Finding funding to support your research is always a challenge, but never more so than when you’ve not done it before. During the EGU 2014 General Assembly, Grant Allen gave an excellent short course for early-career researchers on getting to grips with grant applications. His fantastically appropriate name aside, we couldn’t have asked for a better person to do the job: bursting with tips from start to finish, not a second of his course was worth missing! Here’s a summary of his take-home points…

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Some simple but important tips for writing a grant proposal. I specially like this one "When you’re finished, find a willing volunteer, give them a few beers, or put them in a bad mood, and ask them to check it over to see if they would fund your project." (we tend to forget that reviewers seldom read proposals, or paper, under optimal conditions)

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Perception in Visualization

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Typography 101: Everything a Beginner Should Know

Typography 101: Everything a Beginner Should Know | Science Communication | Scoop.it

Typography is both an art and a technique. Once created through printed materials, typography is all about arranging type in a way that enables learning and recognition.

However, typography is more than just the design of the letters and characters -- it also involves careful arrangement and selection of point size, line length, and spacing both on a single line and throughout an entire page. If you know the basics of typography, you will be able to lay out an arrangement of headers, paragraphs, etc. in an attractive and convincing way.

Typography is absolutely everywhere -- just look at your phone, a billboard, your coffee cup, or even the different styles used in this blog post. Once you’re conscious about the fact that typography is used all around you, you’ll start to recognize the differences between typefaces and why they might’ve been selected...


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Typtography

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Visual learning for science and engineer

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Guide for Writing a Funding Proposal

A free practical Guide that provides both instructions on how to write a funding proposal with actual examples of a completed proposal. Designed as a tool for advanced graduate students and others to learn more about the actual proposal writing process. Authored by S. Joseph Levine, Michigan State University (levine@msu.edu).
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While not all tips fit all research areas, this guide includes many useful suggestions for writing a proposal. It can also serve as a checklist before submission.

Additional resources included.

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Science Communication 101 bibliography

Science Communication 101 bibliography | Science Communication | Scoop.it
“A couple of months ago, a colleague asked me to post an introductory bibliography for science communication studies. I was slightly wary, because the literature in the field is rather scattered and...”
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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof.
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10 free tools for creating infographics | Infographic | Creative Bloq

10 free tools for creating infographics | Infographic | Creative Bloq | Science Communication | Scoop.it
For all the importance we place on text, it's an indisputable fact that images are processed in the brain faster than words. Hence the rise and rise of the infographic which, at its best, transforms complex information into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. No wonder magazine readers and web visitors love them.
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Free tools to produce infographics

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Retractions are coming thick and fast: it's time for publishers to act

Retractions are coming thick and fast: it's time for publishers to act | Science Communication | Scoop.it
Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky: Journal publishers must acknowledge the limitations of traditional peer review and fully embrace post-publication peer review
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Designing Science - Jennifer Briselli

Designing Science - Jennifer Briselli | Science Communication | Scoop.it

 This project draws on social science, rhetoric, and communication design to develop and evaluate communication strategies that both compete with science denial narratives and stand on scientific evidence to make the truth more compelling than its alternative. These strategies are in turn made actionable and prototyped as a set of guidelines and exercises for scientists and those who communicate on their behalf.

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A reflection on the whys and hows of science communication together with some guidelines, all delivered with the aid of very informative visuals.

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Going public: Writing About Research in Everyday Language

Going public: Writing About Research in Everyday Language
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"This brief describes approaches that writers can use to make impact research more accessible to policy audiences. It emphasizes three techniques: making concepts as simple as possible, focusing on what readers need to know, and reducing possible misinterpretations. A glossary of common concepts is included showing the approaches applied to a range of concepts common to impact research, such as 'regression models' and 'effect sizes."

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Public communication of science 2.0

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This paper discusses the changes (for scientists, for journalists, for the public) as science communication moves to web 2.0. "Scientific communicators should embrace the social media and experiment with them, but whether these channels will replace the established ways of journalistic observation of science remains to be seen."

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How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper: A Step-by-Step Guide for Non-Scientists

How to Read and Understand a Scientific Paper: A Step-by-Step Guide for Non-Scientists | Science Communication | Scoop.it
To form a truly educated opinion on a scientific subject, you need to become familiar with current research in that field. And to be able to distinguish between good and bad interpretations of research, you have to be willing and able to read the pri...
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Data Visualization, Design and Information Munging // Martin Krzywinski / Genome Sciences Center

Data Visualization, Design and Information Munging // Martin Krzywinski / Genome Sciences Center | Science Communication | Scoop.it
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The Science of Scientific Writing » American Scientist

The Science of Scientific Writing » American Scientist | Science Communication | Scoop.it
If the reader is to grasp what the writer means, the writer must understand what the reader needs.
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A classic always worth having.
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Visual Communication

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The why of visual communication and seven principles for effectively designing charts according to what is known about visual perception.

Includes examples for all seven principles.

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Overcoming the Myths of the Review Process and Getting Your Paper Ready for Publication - The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (ACS Publications)

Overcoming the Myths of the Review Process and Getting Your Paper Ready for Publication - The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters (ACS Publications) | Science Communication | Scoop.it
The flood of scientific papers published daily across all scientific disciplines has resulted in the majority of these articles receiving less reader attention than they deserve. It is getting increasingly difficult for readers to keep up with all of the published papers in his/her discipline. Even in the major scientific journals, nearly 75% of the published articles receive citations that are below the journal’s impact factor, perhaps suggesting that many published papers do not receive sufficient attention from the average readership or simply they are not effective in communicating the results. (See, for example, Nature 2005, 435, 1003–1004. DOI:10.1038/4351003b) Hence, it becomes the responsibility of the authors to take additional steps to make their paper effective as a scientific communication to a broad readership...
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A inside view of peer review from the moment the paper is submitted (includes a list of what authors should not say to editors).
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Researchers Lack Confidence In Social Media For Communication

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How Academia and Publishing are Destroying Scientific Innovation: A Conversation with Sydney Brenner | King's Review – Magazine

How Academia and Publishing are Destroying Scientific Innovation: A Conversation with Sydney Brenner | King's Review – Magazine | Science Communication | Scoop.it
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Making Peace with Self Promotion

Making Peace with Self Promotion | Science Communication | Scoop.it
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How to fight the "I want my work to speak for itself" and other arguments often used by scientists when faced with the fact that communicating their work may be regarded as self-promotion.

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