Science writing I'd pay to read – May 2011

By Ed Yong | June 1, 2011 12:21 pm

It’s time for May’s Science Writer Tip-Jar picks. For those new to this, here’s the low-down:

Throughout the blogosphere, people produce fantastic writing for free. That’s great, but I believe that good writers should get paid for good work. To set an example, I choose ten pieces every month that were written for free and I donate £3 to the author. There are no formal criteria other than I found them unusually interesting, enjoyable and/or important.

I also encourage readers to support these writers through two buttons on the sidebar. Any donations via “Support Science Writers” are evenly distributed to chosen ten at the end of the month. Donations via the “Support NERS” button go to me; I match a third of the total figure and send that to the chosen writers too.

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the picks:

And for interest, the tip-jar initiative has raised US$650 over the last two months. Thanks to everyone who contributed.


Comments (2)

  1. Bell is a bloody genius, and today for the first time the media finally acknowledged that bats, not civets, probably caused the SARS outbreak. But no apologies for the tens of thousands of slaughtered civets……

  2. Richard

    David Dobbs’ article is great, but he didn’t write it for free…


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