Science writing I'd pay to read – December 2011

By Ed Yong | January 1, 2012 10:38 am

It’s time for December’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. There are two ways to help. 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 (8)

  1. Particularly nice list, several items I’d not seen before. I was quite happy to jangle the tip jar again this month. Hope others will join me as they can afford.

  2. Your science writing Tip Jar is one of my favourite things on the internet. Thanks so much for including my post, and providing some needful motivation to write more/better in the New Year.

  3. Lou

    I’m having a hard time adding to the tip jar since the discover blogs site defaults to the mobile version and there is no link to view the full site, so I can’t see the sidebar on iOS.

  4. Wow, truly honored, Ed! Thanks so much, I appreciate all you do for the science writing community.

  5. What Kevin said. Thanks so much! I was thrilled to see my piece linked to. A great way to start the New Year.

  6. Wow! I feel so honored and flattered to be listed here, especially among such talented writers! Thank you so much, Ed.

  7. What a wonderful idea Ed! And thank you so much for selecting that post of mine. It details a tragic case, blighting several women’s lives. I frequently post on sensitive or upsetting issues. But this story really is one I don’t think will ever leave me. I feel dreadfully for the poor women affected.

    My blog policy is to write not for profit. I am fortunate enough to be able to fund the blog via my salary as an academic so I don’t have donations. I would, however, be very grateful if you (or anyone else) wanted to donate to on my behalf. They are an organisation I am not directly involved with, but who support a cause very close to my heart.

    Thank you again for thinking of me, and highlighting this awful case of medical misconduct the media was complicit in.


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