Also this week: Markus Eichhorn vs. the file drawer problem, the last 50 years of ecology in 1 minute and 32 seconds, and more.
Hoisted from the comments: ecologist Markus Eichhorn on why he doesn’t read the literature any more. Also, he’s no fan of…
the latest hashtag tyranny of #365papers, where fellow academics post how many papers they’ve read either to impress others or make them feel guilty.
Of course, that’s not the intent of #365papers. As I understand it (not being a Twitter user myself), it’s intended as a way for people who want to read more to encourage/guilt themselves into reading more. Also a way to get their friends and others taking the #365papers challenge to encourage them. But of course, tweets are public and can come across to others in unintended ways. More broadly, the issue (if indeed it is an issue) isn’t limited to tweets, though I think it’s a bigger issue with tweets because tweets are short and so easily misinterpreted. For instance, anyone can read our posts, which sometimes come off in unintended ways to readers who aren’t part of the intended audience. Honest question to anyone who uses Twitter or blogs: do you worry about how your tweets or posts might come off to people who aren’t part of the intended audience? And if so, what if anything do you do about it?
Sticking with Markus Eichhorn: why it is actually a good thing that lots of research studies go unpublished. Basically, because the opportunity cost of going to the trouble of publishing them isn’t worth it. I mostly agree, while remaining troubled by the resulting file drawer problem which may seriously bias the results of meta-analyses in some cases. Here’s Meg on the same topic.
An animated wordle of Ecology abstracts from the 1960s to today. By Ray Dybzynski and Gord McNickle, who clearly have way too much time on their hands. 🙂 Those of you who think ecologists should focus on “traits” instead of “species” will have to watch it through your fingers. 🙂 Meg, does this count as a “video for teaching ecology“? 🙂 (ht @Michael_Foisy)
Meg and I both love that the ESA used “SCIENCE” to caption a picture of a frisbee. 🙂 Next year I’m going to sell these baseballs at the ESA and see if I can get them captioned “SCIENCE” too. 🙂