Science writing I'd pay to read – January 2012

By Ed Yong | February 1, 2012 10:00 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 (6)

  1. I am super-flattered to be selected and twice that to be in such distinguished company!

  2. Wow! Thanks so much ed. It really means a lot to me to have the support that you and others in community have thrown behind not just me, but everyone involved.

  3. Wow…thanks, Ed! Holy cow.

  4. Great selections, read all the posts. *puts $10 in the tip jar*

  5. Sam

    Thanks so much! This is awesome.

  6. I always feel like I’ve gotten a prize when I get a mention from you, Ed (by ‘always,’ of course, I mean the couple of times that I have). Thanks for handing out these sorts of recognition to other writers.


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