MyScienceWork’s Top 5 (give or take) of 2014

Tattoos, octopuses, open science and journal subscription snafus all made the list.

An ethnological analysis of ritual tattoo customs among octopuses? Innovative approaches to getting your university to cancel its subscriptions to that journal you really need? What were the topics that most engaged MyScienceWork's readers in 2014? Read on for the Top 5, plus or minus 3!

An ethnological analysis of ritual tattoo customs among octopuses? Innovative approaches to getting your university to cancel its subscriptions to that journal you really need? What were the topics that most engaged MyScienceWork's readers in 2014? Read on for the Top 5, plus or minus 3!

 

#1 - A Creative Commons Guide to Sharing Your Science

Puneet Kishor of Creative Commons explains why researchers ought to share their work under open CC licenses and, more importantly, how.

 

The Science Behind Cthulhu: Why Octopi Are Terrifying yet Awesome

#2 - The Science Behind Cthulhu: Why Octopi Are Terrifying yet Awesome

The octopus is even more interesting than we thought, says scientist and science communicator extraordinaire, David Davila.

 

 

#3 - An Epidemic of Journal Subscription Cancellations

Failed negotiations, budget constraints... And what about the researchers?

 

#4 - Open Data: To Improve Innovation, Do We Need to Share?

A French view on the evolution, efficiency and challenges of intellectual property

 

 

Tattoos at the Museum: Paris’ Musée du quai Branly reconciles art & ethnology

#5 - Tattoos at the Museum: Paris' Musée du quai Branly reconciles art & ethnology

From Samoan ritual to modern tattoo trends

 

Honorable Mention - Knock Knock Doc Season 1

A playlist, rather than an article, found its way into our most visited pages this year. If you don't know why, you need to discover Knock Knock Doc, our docu-fiction web series about grad students that lets you learn something at the same time as you're counting your blessings that you're not quite as bumbling as the bumbling young Arthur...

 

The (French) People's Choice Award

Finally, a couple of articles that were also published in English made the top 5 among our French readers. Trust your Gallic friends’ expertise in wine and MyScienceWork articles and take a look at:

Testing vs. Torture: Are We Getting It Right? Testing vs. Torture: Are We Getting It Right?

One celebrity refuses the "Ice Bucket Challenge" and another buys a chinchilla farm. Both were done in the name of animal protection, says James Bowers, a science writer and PhD in biology, but are they really the same thing?

 

 Open Data: A Political Illusion ? Interview with Evelyn Ruppert, data sociologist

Open Data: A Political Illusion?

Interview with Evelyn Ruppert, data sociologist

 

...And here's to another pleasingly diverse set of topics in 2015!