I want to know what *YOU* think about review, preprints, and publication

As part of the OpenPub project, we’re soliciting folk to send us videos about their experience with the scholarly publication process. We want to use these to try and crowdfund the development of OpenPub – our preprint server with robust tools for discussion and interaction. Interested? Check out the full request over here and/or email me!

#Scio13 and Beyond

While I’ve been active in using online spaces for scientific activities – blogging, tweeting, crowdfunding, and much much more – for a looong time. I’ve found it’s benefitted me greatly as a scientist. I’ve also formed a deep love for the community I’ve found in the online science world (to name just a few).

And yet, until this year, I’d never been to science online before.

This year, I finally remedied that. And it was indeed amazing. I’ll be posting the notes from my own session on how science online can and has changed the peer review process, but, I wanted to share this picture of (many) of the marine bloggers who were at the conference, and issue a challenge.

First – the challenge.

HEY MARINE SCIENTISTS WHO READ THIS BLOG (you’re quiet, but I see you in my hitlog)!!! I understand that #SciO13 may have been a bit overwhelming for you, or too broad, or something, so you didn’t register. It’s ok. Becoming more engaged with the science online world can seem like a lot. But, aren’t you a little bit curious? Well, if you are, in October, David Shiffman is setting up an amazing opportunity for you – Science Online Oceans. Go read his post, and block that weekend off on your calendar. Right now! Then come to Miami next October, and be prepared to have your world blown open as you interact with a much broader community that will help you realize the full potential of this internet thingamajig and how it can help you as a scientist.

(oh, and everyone reading should consider coming to Science Online 2014 as well)

And now, the picture, which should serve as some extra enticement. It’s only a few of the marine bloggers who were at the conference, so it’s only a small flavor of the awesomeness that was there, and the great connections and conversations that resulted. But I think you get the point.

OceanBloggers at #SciO13

Crowdfunding in the Peer Reviewed Literature

(x-posted at the #SciFund Blog)

ResearchBlogging.orgThe final version of Wheat et al.’s paper Raising money for scientific research through crowdfunding is out in Trends in Ecology and Evolution. A more hefty piece of #SciFund analysis is behind it (slowed down in no small part because of my sloooow processing of new data in fancy models). The Wheat et al. paper is a lovely short piece that Rachel and Yiwei (who crowdfunded the excellent Alaska Predator Research Expedition that has it’s new website over here) were gracious enough to ask Jai and I to participate in. In it, we cover the basics of crowdfunding for the academic sciences – what is it? what are the platforms you might use? what are some strategies for success?

Overall, this is a nice, gentle introduction that you should send to any colleague who either appears interested in crowdfunding, curious as to what it is, or is highly skeptical of the entire enterprise.

So go check it out!

Wheat R.E., Wang Y., Byrnes J.E. & Ranganathan J. (2013). Raising money for scientific research through crowdfunding, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28 (2) 71-72. DOI:

#SciFund Round 2 FTW!

SciFund Round 2 is now complete, and it pulled in $100,345 for science! 43% of the projects achieved 100% or more of their goal – almost double of round 1 – and 60% of all funds asked for were secured. Numerous projects that didn’t fully reach their goal were above 80%. A TON of great research is going to come out of this, and I am excited!

Science crowdfunding continues to grow as a viable source of research fund. To explore this further, Jai and I participated in an online hangout for SciLingual and discussed science crowdfunding with Liz Neeley, Jerry Nguyen, and the folk from Microryza. A lot of interesting stuff came up, so I’m posting the video of the even below for you all to checkout. If you’re new to the idea of science crowdfunding, or want to learn some of the nitty-gritty, check it out!

Beware of the teeny tiny crabs. They will cut you!

Happy Friday, everyone. To celebrate the end of the week, I leave you with what is hands down my favorite #SciFund video from round 2. And I don’t just say this because it was made by a collaborator of mine of the #SciFund paper that we happen to be editing right this very moment (or, in half an hour or so). I say this because it is a beautiful example of the fusion of (silly) Art and Science. That it is my favorite from a sea of awesome videos also says a lot about how my brain works, but more of that another time.

The project is called Beach of the Goliath Crabs by the ever amazing Dr. Zen Faulkes. The project itself is pretty awesome – looking at environmental and evolutionary drivers of gigantism in the teeny tiny Lepidopa benedicti . It’s a great project with a GREAT video channeling Godzilla and other classic Japanese monster movies. Definitely worth kicking in a few bucks to make this research happen (and it won’t even take very many of those bucks to hit Zen’s goal!)

Awesome, yes? Worth funding just for the video. And you get hot Science to boot!

Also, that finger image makes a kickass meme.

So, what are you waiting for, go over and check out Zen’s full Beach of the Goliath Crab proposal. And if you feel inspired, check out a few other projects to crowdfund (or view ‘em broken down into categories). There’s a lot of amazing science there, and some wonderful science communication videos. Enjoy, and Happy Friday!

How to prepare for #SciFund – by crowdfunding science!

Are you excited about seeing the 125 hot science projects that got submitted to #SciFund2? Can’t wait the additional month for those projects to post themselves online? Want to fund some awesome science right now? Maybe you signed up and want to earn some pre-#SciFund karma?

Well fear not! The Science tag on Rockethub has been taking off! A few folk were so excited about crowdfunding their work that they couldn’t wait for #SciFund 2! So why not swing over and look at these three projects and warm up your crowd-funding chops before #SciFund 2.

First up we have a project studying stress response in baby kestrels. BABY ANIMALS! (stressed out!) It’s a great simple video with KESTREL CHICKS. Awwww. I admit, I am a sucker for baby animals. Why do you think I like trochophores so much?


Next up we have a project on oyster acidification research. For those in the -omics crowd, this project is going to look at the transcriptome of oysters exposed to acidification. Field science, experiments, global change. Pretty awesome.

Lastly, we have one that just caught my eye on Chameleon color change. It’s for a PhD student working with undergrads to look at how hormone expression relates to color change ability. It’s got a great slick video showing chameleon color change, behavior, and giving you an introduction to the researchers.

Missing my Statsy Goodness? Check out #SciFund!

I know, I know, I have been kinda lame about posting here lately. But that’s because my posting muscle has been focused on the new analyses for what makes a succesful #SciFund proposal. I’ve been posting them at the #SciFund blog under the Analysis tag – so check it out. There’s some fun stats, and you get to watch me be a social scientist for a minute. Viva la interdisciplinarity!