How to: Write #0:
Beyond the Article
This is an introduction to a series on pushing beyond “The Article”. But where to draw the line? Health economist Christopher Sampson tackles the question head on and makes some fantastic points about the benefits of communicating through alternative channels like blogs and platforms outside of traditional journals.
This series is about extending communication even further: outreach, non-traditional dissemination, writing for different audiences, and how to get more eyes on your work without resorting to click-baity titles (full disclosure: title was almost “7 Things You Won’t Believe Increase Your Online Presence and DOUBLE the size of your h-index!”). Simply, these are more ways to extend scientific communication into the 21st century.
Anyone involved with scholarly communication knows there’s tons of work competing for limited attention. And with the annual rate of STM (sci [science], tech [technical], and med [medical]) publications over 2 million, fields keep getting noisier.
Clearly, no (sane) person can read every article relating to a given discipline. As authors, though, we want to contribute, have our efforts seen, and (ideally) cited. There are new services trying to make article discovery easier, but we still run into the attention problem: I don’t have time to read every 5+ page article I should and reading abstracts and skimming figures isn’t sufficient (and we’re not even touching the terror of paywalls).