#SciLogs Weekly: Shutdown, Open Access, SciFi & New Blog Manager

14 October 2013 by Paige Brown, posted in SciLogs, Uncategorized

Paige Brown, new Scilogs manager here to answer your questions. Photo by Angie Brown.

Last week was so productive at SciLogs, it's hard to know where to start! Our blogging community covered everything from the consequences of the U.S. government shutdown for science, to the open access 'sting' operation, to vaccines, honeybees, pseudoscience and science fiction.

In other news, I was graciously given the opportunity to serve as SciLogs' new community manager, and I look forward to growing and promoting our blogs! You can read more about me here.

Finally, make sure you follow SciLogs on Twitter and Facebook. Also follow individual SciLogs bloggers (whose Twitter handles can be found as widgets on their blog home-pages).But without further ado, highlights from last week:


Matt Shipman covered various aspects of the U.S. government shutdown and its implications for science, from affecting science reporters and their ability to do their job, to affecting scientific journals:

PLOS ONE reviewers and editors employed by or affiliated with the U.S. government may or may not be available to handle manuscripts.” - Michelle Dohm

Kausik Datta also wrote about the impact of the U.S. government shutdown on biomedical research, health and welfare. Also check out Kausik's recent post on a petition against "extreme, immoderate and unreasonable restrictions on animal experimentation."

On his blog Marketing for Scientists, Marc Kuchner interviewed advocacy expert Stephanie Vance about how we scientists can influence our legislators.

"It's not enough to simply go to your representative and say, 'Here's the problem.' You have to propose a solution." -  Stephanie Vance

Open Access:

Open access publishing has also been a buzzword around SciLogs lately, with my own post on why scientists do or don't support OA publishing, and today's guest post by Jon Tennant on Matt Shipman's Communication Breakdown. It all started with Kausik Datta's post on Science's "Sting Operation" - open access fiasco or peer review hellhole?


Speaking of open data:

More Great Stuff:

Nathalia Holt, research scientist and author of CURED: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV, returned from a blogging hiatus with a stellar post on the Goldilocks approach to vaccines: Finding a virus that's just right to use as a vaccine against other viruses.


Lee Turnpenny wrote about a pseudoscience petition.

Tania (@CherryMakes on Twitter) plays agony aunt and offers tea and sympathy in a tale of disillusionment and break up between healthcare and commercial life science companies.

Shannon Bohle wrote a superb post about space exploration, the popularization of astronomy and the bookmobile.

Malcolm Campbell wrote about the scientific cycle of the grapevine. Malcolm writes a suberb roundup every week on his blog Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast, so make sure to follow him!

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