Could you edit Botany One?Continue reading Wanted: an Editor-in-Chief for a Botanical website
Part of the goal of Plant Cuttings items is to share news of botanical research with the wider plant-minded community, the better to advertise that wonderful example of human scientific endeavour. And that’s fine for promoting the work of established plant scientists. But what about the not unimportant – i.e. very important – matter of trying to ensure ‘continuity of supply’? How do we enthuse the new botanists to replace those who will eventually retire, etc. (and whose own future discoveries and contributions to botanical knowledge may one day be shared via a Plant Cutting)? To help with that, and...Continue reading Inspiring the Botanists of the future
Every so often you find a new site, and then discover everyone else has known about it for years. For once, this is a site I’ve known about for ages – but it seems not everyone else has. So for those of you who don’t know – if you’re interested in science blogging, you should be following ScienceSeeker. ScienceSeeker is a site that’s been going since 2011 and the first Science Blogging conferences. It’s not a science blog itself. It’s a site that aggregates science blogging. For example here’s the Plant Science bundle, which is a bit patchy as some...Continue reading Seeking Science? See ScienceSeeker
It is our great pleasure to welcome Dr Ian Street to our editorial team. Ian will be taking on the role of our first ever Resources Editor. What is a Resources Editor, I hear you ask – let me explain. At AoBBlog, we like books. We also like book reviews, which are an integral part of many scientific print journals. A while ago, we had a discussion about book reviews on the blog, which went a bit like: “Let’s review botany books.” – “Good idea! Do e-books count as books?” – “Of course. But what about a plant identification app that might have the same...Continue reading New Resources Editor vows to review ALL the resources
I’m trying to finish up the annual report today for the Editorial Meeting on June the.. umm… 21st I think. The blog is becoming more independent of the parent journals so it’s not a huge issue for most editors. However, it’s the meeting where we’ll see members of the Annals of Botany Company, and they will be taking a closer look. The editors won’t get away entirely unscathed. There’s going to be a discussion about outreach on the web in general, and here’s where you can help. It’d be handy to know if we’re doing anything wrong or right. It’s...Continue reading What can AoBBlog do for you?
Kevin Folta has put up a thought-provoking post on his blog, Illumination. There’s been a flurry of news stories around a new research paper that shows a Round-Up, Monsanto’s herbicide, in rain. A closer look at the paper reveals that’s not quite the story. What the research shows is there are chemicals in very low concentrations that are consistent with Round-Up. This might seem like pedantry, but it’s important pedantry because the same tests show a reduction in other chemicals associated with more harmful herbicides and pesticides between 1995 and 2007. It’s consistent with Round-Up and GM crops being ecologically...Continue reading The Importance of Access
We’ve been experimenting with what we can do with articles, and our latest experiment happened earlier this week. 7 Deadly Secrets of Carnivorous Plants is on Buzzfeed. It was a bit of a challenge, and not entirely successful. If you’re not familiar with Buzzfeed, there’s still a good chance you’ll have seen one of its articles somewhere. Buzzfeed is notorious for its listicles, articles that are lists that may or may not make sense. Looking over right now I see 19 Signs You’re A Chocoholic, 30 Squeaky-Clean Laundry Hacks and 11 Feet that Look Like Robert Pattinson’s Face. I really...Continue reading Creating a Buzz but is it worth it?
Keep following Annals of Botany for all the latest news about plants. We just made a minor change to this blog to give the authors whose work we feature more credit. The reason behind this change is to improve how the blog works for paper authors in Annals of Botany and AoB PLANTS. However, the effect for readers means that some things will be different. Overall they could be better, so this post is to explain what we’ve done, why, and where you can give us your opinion. I’ll start with why. At the moment Annals of Botany or AoB...Continue reading An experiment in altmetrics (or how I might have broken the blog)
Our project with AoB Blog, in relation with our training in a new form of scientific journalism is now ending. We want to thank all the people who allowed us to achieve this project: Karine Alix and Alun Salt for their supervision, their advices and corrections; Mrs Ricroch and Dellagi for the organization of the corresponding course; all the people who suggested, corrected and encouraged our work, throughout this project; and finally, all our readers. We are graduate students at AgroParisTech, the Paris graduate Institute in life and environmental science and technology. We thus took advantage of all the competencies...Continue reading Farewell to all our readers…
AoBBlog is delighted to welcome two guest authors who are carrying out project work with Annals of Botany Editor Dr Karine Alix. Aurélien and Antoine introduce themselves below, and will be making posts in both English and French over the next months. While most words can be translated between the languages, I am always interested and pleased when one finds a word for which there is a valuable and well defined meaning in another language but no equivalent in English. “Animateur” is a brilliant French word, with connotations including leading activities, moderating, and organizing or putting forward ideas for discussion....Continue reading AoB Blog maintenant en français / and now in French AoB Blog
The communication of science (and particularly discussion thereof and thereon, which often takes the form of post-publication review) has many opportunities in this electronic age. One such outlet is the plethora of social networking fora. In this regard I’m happy to put in a plug for the Annals of Botany’s own ground-breaking work, noticeably this very blog you are currently reading, which is cared for by ‘the two Alans’ – Alun Salt, ‘creative genius’ and the blog’s web developer, and Alan Cann, Internet Consulting Editor for Annals of Botany. But rather than use my words, let me quote another’s, who...Continue reading Bigging-up the AoB Blog [or, Cann can – and does!]
The Guardian had an interesting article recently which described a game where you write two very short phrases which describe the two most important points about a subject. The phrases should be very short – this is a thinking exercise, not a writing exercise. For example, over at MicrobiologyBytes I attempted to define my view of “microbiology”: We could not exist on this planet (or probably any other) without microorganisms. The host of microbes trying to kill us are really only a tiny proportion of the total – most bugs couldn’t care less about humans. Now it’s your turn: Write...Continue reading Two Things about plants