Science outreach benefits nearly everyone. The general public is better informed, has a better idea of how their taxes are being spent, and in the process trust the scientific enterprise a bit more. Politicians and administrators can decide on more rational policies. And researchers get recognized for their work and benefit from a science-friendly society through more generous funding. More and more is being done to encourage researcher to reach out to the general public. But the main mean of communication for researchers remains the research article. These are long, technical, text-heavy documents that are hard to understand for the layperson. Wouldn’t it be nice if with a single article, researchers could communicate with both their peers and the general public?
Draw Science is making research articles accessible to all by transforming them into infographics. The information is summarized and visualized into easy-to-undertand schematics and images. The important message sticks, while distracting details are brushed away.
Based on the success of the Draw Science website, Viputheshwar Sitaraman, founder of Draw Science now wants to formalize this by creating a Draw Science open access journal. Submissions of articles will be reviewed and the selected articles transformed into infographics. Each infographic will be freely accessible and individually identified by a DOI. Viputheshwar has started a funding campaign on experiments.com to get this project started. The goal of $1,100 is modest but should get this innovative idea off the ground and allow it to function for a year.