Friday links: blog comments = papers, SIR model vs. Beliebers, and more

Also this week: Always look on the bright side of life (in your abstract), Up Goer Five redux, resume advice for ex-academics, and more.

From Jeremy:

Is Up Goer Five stunt writing done for fun, or an exercise to improve your science communication skills? The crowd has spoken, and obviously they’re right because they agree with me. 😉

I’m very late to this, but that’s ok. Everything scientific paper is awesome. At least judging by their abstracts. The frequency of positive words (especially “robust”, “novel”, “innovative”, and “unprecedented”) in PubMed abstracts has increased 880% in forty years. Negative word frequency also has increased, but much less. I’m not in favor of empty hype, but I think it’s just one end of a continuum that includes lots of useful practices, so I doubt there’s much that can be done about it. (ht Marginal Revolution)

Looking for a job outside of academia? You’ll need a resume, not a cv. Here’s how to present your time in grad school as professional experience. The important thing is the professional experience, not the fact that you were technically a “student” in “school” when you acquired it.

Some hypotheses for why discussion of the replication crisis focuses on social psychology.

This year’s MacArthur Foundation Fellows (so-called “genius grant” recipients) include two microbial biogeochemists, Dianne Newman and Victoria Orphan. And if you didn’t win, here’s a handy list of excuses. 🙂

A Tumblr of Easter eggs in scientific papers. Pointed me to this paper, which appears to have been designed specifically to amuse Meg, all the way down to the Acknowledgments. 🙂

From the blogosphere to, um, the paper-o-sphere: writing in Ecology, Lemoine et al. apply Andrew Gelman’s notions of type M (“magnitude”) and type S (“sign”) errors to ecological field experiments. I’m considering incorporating these concepts into intro biostats next time I teach it. (ht The EEB and Flow)

Speaking of getting papers out of ideas first proposed on blogs…the Dynamic Ecology comment threads: where you can read tomorrow’s papers, today!

(For non-regular readers: Jeff Houlahan often comments here on the topics his paper discusses. E.g. UPDATE: And the paper is actually Houlahan et al.; Brian is one of the co-authors.)

4 thoughts on “Friday links: blog comments = papers, SIR model vs. Beliebers, and more

  1. “You’ve been doing science again, haven’t you?”

    Oh mon Dieu, that one made me laugh. Should have included “global warming hiatus” though, and maybe you should do a poll on what ecology topic deserves addition…or maybe not!

  2. Just FYI the new Oikos paper is a joint effort with Jeff Houlahan in the lead but Shawn McKinney, Michael Anderson and myself as co-authors. For some reason Oikos preprints only show corresponding (or 1st?) author. Between that and the Petchey et al paper on forecast horizons (, blog posts very much did turn into papers for me around prediction. And into the kind of dialogue with physically remote people who are actually interested in the same obscure(?) topics that I am which originally caused me to get into blogging (

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