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Science writing I’d pay to read – June 2011

It’s time for June’s Science Writer Tip-Jar picks. For those new to this, here’s the low-down:

Throughout the blogosphere, people produce fantastic writing for free. That’s great, but I believe that good writers should get paid for good work. To set an example, I choose ten pieces every month that were written for free and I donate £3 to the author. There are no formal criteria other than I found them unusually interesting, enjoyable and/or important.

I also encourage readers to support these writers through two buttons on the sidebar. Any donations via “Support Science Writers” are evenly distributed to chosen ten at the end of the month. Donations via the “Support NERS” button go to me; I match a third of the total figure and send that to the chosen writers too.

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the picks:

And for interest, the tip-jar initiative has raised US$900 since its inception. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

5 thoughts on “Science writing I’d pay to read – June 2011

  1. Nice idea. Have you looked at flattr?

    Flattr is a system where you choose an amount a month, then depending on what posts/items you flattr the money is distributed amongst the content creators.

    It’s very similar to what you’re looking at doing.

  2. Hi Ed. The McCittirick piece is a dead link. Interested in prosthetics–have been doing some work on Ambroise Paré, 16th century military surgeon who has some really fascinating prosthetics ideas. http://tinyurl.com/4xhp9us for a looksie. Holly

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