Science writing I’d pay to read – June 2011

By Ed Yong | July 4, 2011 9:00 am

It’s time for June’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$900 since its inception. Thanks to everyone who contributed.


Comments (5)

  1. aw, thanks Ed, I’m honored!

  2. Ian Calvert

    Nice idea. Have you looked at flattr?

    Flattr is a system where you choose an amount a month, then depending on what posts/items you flattr the money is distributed amongst the content creators.

    It’s very similar to what you’re looking at doing.

  3. Holly

    Hi Ed. The McCittirick piece is a dead link. Interested in prosthetics–have been doing some work on Ambroise Paré, 16th century military surgeon who has some really fascinating prosthetics ideas. for a looksie. Holly

  4. Wow Ed,

    A huge honour for me to be counted in this list, glad you enjoyed it and thanks a lot

  5. Thanks, Ed! I’m glad you liked the post


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