A new open access infographic journal: Draw Science

 

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 mZVQS-23administrators 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.

 

Seven more tools to choose from!

Quick update of the list of digital tools for researchers. Interesting to see that this update includes two startups are offer remotely experimentation using  automated robots. The future is here!

  • TetraScience – Allows you to monitor & manage your experiments from anywhere.
  • Emerald Cloud Lab – A web-based life sciences lab, developed by scientists for scientists.

Two other are tools that scientists are increasingly using to increase their productivity.

  • Asana – Keeps your team organized, connected, and focused on results.
  • Evernote – A place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful words, and move your important projects forward.

And a few other in networking, peer-review, journal review, and  citation tools.

  • Piirus – Helps researchers meet potential collaborators, build networks and develop their core research.
  • Journal Review – Rate, and review published medical journal articles.
  • Journal Reviewer – Aggregates information users provide about their experience with academic journals’ review processes.
  • CitationStyles – Find and edit CSL citation styles.