2015 has started under the promising light of the #365papers star. It kicked-off as sort of a challenge, a provocative question that might sound like:
do people that build their career on knowledge, hence papers, actually read enough of them?
After all, discursive practices are key for the construction of scientific knowledge, and essential for the advancement of science. This advancement must then be intended as process that occurs between persons (rather than within them): it is science as a social activity. And isn’t this the purpose of publishing? Engaging with other scientists and constructing knowledge as a community, when time allows. The #365papers hashtag challenges our habits, both in terms of reading papers as well as discussing science with other researchers.
The response was very positive, and more ‘late starters’ join the efforts of a solid fan base on a daily basis. A January flare? Maybe, but reading suggestions keep coming in.
Running through the hashtag’s stream shows a variety of topics are being covered, ranging from biochemical studies to sociology, from literature to grant writing. Some recommending a paper, other hoping to encourage discussion (also see the #2015PostPubRev challenge on this blog).
We thought that such treasure should be preserved and, if possible, built upon. We thus start a series of edited #365papers collections in which a specific topic will be chosen, and corresponding tweets presented and discussed. Besides clustering related reading suggestions, we believe this will provide an opportunity for some to present their favourite topic*, and for many to bookmark, read and discuss.
* please get in touch if you fancy editing a collection