|Recently there’s been a flurry of Twitter scientific / medical journal clubs (everyone reads a paper and then discusses it, sometimes against a set of criteria, sometimes more of a free-for-all). While all of these have been organised by UK folk the wonder of Twitter is that anyone can join in.
You don’t even need to have a Twitter account to follow along, just plug in the relevant hasthag into http://www.searchhash.com/ and sit back and enjoy (but I recommend going down the participatory route).
#TwitJC for medical folk
The first recent one was created by a medical student (@fidouglas) and foundation year doctor (@silv24) and involved a bit of critical appraisal (also featuring ‘NNT’ or number needed to treat). This happens on Sunday evenings and uses the #twitjc hashtag and the official account is @twitjc and accompanying website is http://twitjc.wordpress.com #AstroJC for astronomy fans
Shortly after that @kashfarooq and some astronomy types developed #astroJC and @astronomyjc to discuss astronomy papers, accompanying website is http://astrojournalclub.wordpress.com/ – the journal club happens on Thursday evenings. #SciTeachJC for science teachers / science communicators
And now… (drum roll) @alomshaha has created @SciTeachJC / #sciteachjc for science teachers and science communicators to discuss papers of interest in the scicomm field – accompanying website is http://science.teachingjournalclub.org/ – this will be happening on Tuesday evenings, first one is Tuesday 7 July 2011 at 7.30pm. Woefully, I won’t actually be able to join in as I’m talking in a pub about how fab Twitter is… but I’ll be delighted to use this as a positive example. The first paper is below, including PDF link, more at http://science.teachingjournalclub.org/
Archer, Louise et al. 2010. ??????Doing??? sci??ence ver??sus ???being??? a sci??en??tist: Exam??in??ing 10/11-year-old schoolchildren???s con??struc??tions of sci??ence through the lens of iden??tity???, Sci??ence Edu??ca??tion 94(4): 617???639. doi: 10.1002/sce.20399. (.PDF 146kB) Jo