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Science writing I’d pay to read – October 2011

It’s time for October’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. There are two ways to help. 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:

4 thoughts on “Science writing I’d pay to read – October 2011

  1. Excellent post selections (as always)

    Re tip jar: Is there a procedure (which doesn’t seem to involve just entering US in the space requesting country) that gets Pay Pal donations in dollars? I’d like to make a donation without triggering a giant stupid overseas credit card currency exchange fee.

  2. @Gaythia – the “support science writers” button is set to US dollars. If you want to donate to me directly, my Paypal address is the same as my email one.

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