Science writing I’d pay to read – July 2011

By Ed Yong | August 1, 2011 3:04 pm

It’s time for July’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:


Comments (6)

  1. Hi Ed,

    What a very cool thing to do, and I don’t just say that because I’m on the list! You can donate my share of any monies to the Disasters Emergency Committee – I ain’t rich, but it really will be better spent going to people more deserving or in need.

    Again, it’s a very nice idea you’ve got going here. Props for coming up with it, and encouraging other people to support good writing! I should buy YOU a pint one day.


  2. Thank,ed! I’m far from the real Internet in northern ontario or I’d thank u more profusely.

  3. Thanks for the props, Ed! Please apportion my share of any £ (and any donations) to my colleagues who may be doing their science writing w/out a secure day job or who may be supporting families. They deserve the beer money!

  4. Many thanks, Ed – auspicious company indeed!

  5. On the subject of getting paid for science writing, I edit the non-fiction column, for Clarkesworld, a Hugo Award winning science fiction and fantasy magazine. I’m always on the lookout for good science articles that would appeal to our readers. We pay 10c/word, up to a maximum of 2500 words. I know that’s not a great rate for top notch science writers, but it is the same as we pay for fiction, which is unusual in predominantly fiction magazines. You can find our submission guidelines here:

  6. As I’ve already said, the lichens vs prion story is amazing


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