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eLucidate October 22nd, 2014 1:07am

Scientific journals are expensive, and difficult to read for many people. Should scientists write simpler online summaries of their articles?

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typetype level 2 pretty
10/23/14 5:24 am

No. More ppl media should report on the articles.

Wes28 CBus
10/22/14 10:52 am

Hell no. Scientists don't write things for the general population to understand.

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jamichl Seattle
10/22/14 10:45 pm

Exactly. These aren't for the general public. They are for peers.

Diknak Ohio
10/22/14 6:52 am

scientific journals are intended to be read and scrutinized by scientists. they aren't blogs. . .

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ThomasK
10/22/14 4:08 pm

Came on to post the same thing.

eLucidate writing
10/22/14 6:05 pm

I meant in addition to, not as a substitute.

eLucidate writing
10/22/14 3:43 am

Shocking.

catpillow Florida West Coast
10/21/14 9:54 pm

I think it would be better to have someone else do the writing. Scientists often think they're being simple and clear, but are sometimes still way above other people's heads.

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corino Utah
10/21/14 9:34 pm

This is one of the bigger problems actually, they boil down everything into 'easy to understand metaphor that makes less sense than what's actually happening.

mrdudemanpants
10/21/14 8:31 pm

It ink paraphrased would be a better term here than summarized.

tenletters New York
10/21/14 8:21 pm

The summary is the abstract

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mrdudemanpants
10/21/14 8:29 pm

But the abstract doesn't seem to be near enough.

EarlyBird Portland
10/21/14 7:12 pm

The journals themselves shouldn't be dumbed down but it would be nice if there was a reputable company that wrote summaries that were easy to understand.

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iBakes California
10/21/14 7:05 pm

No, we aren't bloggers.

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citethesource Socialist and Atheist
10/21/14 7:04 pm

It is us that needs to step up our game, not the scientists that need to coddle laymen.

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eLucidate writing
10/22/14 7:36 pm

But, that is not likely to happen. I think scientists need to be pragmatic and work within the current system.

blitz6799 Chicagoland
10/21/14 6:55 pm

The scientists/journals themselves? Nah, I feel like that's all trade work. But! The people who report on stories from those journals absolutely should. I'm thinking of PopSci, Scientific American, Discover, Nature(?), Nat Geo, etc.

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brenstal Florida
10/21/14 6:43 pm

Scientists shouldn't also have to be the educators and interpreters of research. Performing experiments/analysis is its own job, without also distributing that among the wider public. The distributers/interpreters should be reporters and teachers.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/21/14 6:19 pm

I don't think they should be dumbed down for the masses, but I do think they should be readily available to be read by everyone. I wouldn't count it as being "published" unless it was also "public".

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iBakes California
10/21/14 7:43 pm

Most people who have entered the field within the last decade or so just link PDFs of all their publications on their personal websites so it truly is free & public. Well, that's the case in most psychology fields at least.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/21/14 8:12 pm

That would be great. I come across a lot of professional journal articles that cost a lot of money to get past the abstract.

eLucidate writing
10/21/14 6:14 pm

I have a very strong opinion on this, but I'm curious to see what others think.

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Nemacyst No Lives Matter
10/22/14 5:34 am

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