Has anyone EVER seen a conference not let a speaker present at a conference because of some minor infraction the previous year? E.g., not putting an abstract on a poster, talk to long, poster too big...? Asking for a random person who emailed me through one of my blogs.

Would a paper about human behaviour with an n = 4 get published, never mind international headlines? Yet you can get both for animal behaviour. neurodojo.blogspot.com/2018/09

"Octopuses on ecstasy just want hugs" is a great headlines. But original paper is not as convincing. neurodojo.blogspot.com/2018/09

Could marijuana be the best way to sedate lobsters? Your friendly neighbourhood crustacean neurobiologist has more: neurodojo.blogspot.com/2018/09

I've studying issues around "Does a lobster in a pot feel pain?" for better part of a decade (e.g., doi.org/10.1242/bio.20149654).

But I never thought to give lobsters weed. mdislander.com/maine-news/hot-

A described 15 years ago has now invaded 14 countries, with Malta making 12 countries in Europe. I maintain a map to keep track: drive.google.com/open?id=1KZ4o

Our library tags some journals as "Peer reviewed" -- but they don't know where that information comes from: neurodojo.blogspot.com/2018/09

will have a “What is a scientist?” program on 8 January 2019 to share your science with middle schools students. Plan accordingly!

Oh wow! Neurons I thought had big, strange cell bodies (peerj.com/articles/1112/) are actually 30-40 little cell bodies (Pic from jeb.biologists.org/content/220).

Huh. Google Scholar missed a citation of one of my papers in a mainstream journal. First time I've seen that happen. (Web of Knowledge had it.)

Anyone going to planning a poster? Want to take a little online class so your poster is AWESOME? Fill out this form if you're interested! docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAI

Prof lies about job offer to get more from his uni... and it just keeps getting crazier from there. Might be perfect embodiment of "Fights in academia are vicious because the stakes are so small." chronicle.com/interactives/big

Many journals give no guidance on reporting stats: neurodojo.blogspot.com/2018/08 Do your favourite journals give authors instructions on reporting stats? Add them to the crowdsourced spreadsheet! docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d

Any European researchers who would be affected by ? Do you mind funding agencies telling you, "You can't publish in Nature, Science, or Cell?"

"In the face of the tragedy of this night, the students of the museology course are mobilizing to preserve the memory of the (Brazil) National Museum. We ask everyone who possesses images (photographs / videos / even selfies) of the collection and exhibition spaces to share them with us." thg.museu@gmail.com

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is meant for: researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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