2456: Types of Scientific Paper
|Types of Scientific Paper|
Title text: Others include "We've incrementally improved the estimate of this coefficient," "Maybe all these categories are wrong," and "We found a way to make student volunteers worse at tasks."
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In this comic, Randall describes categories of scientific papers with somewhat humorous generalized titles.
|Paper Title||Explanation||Article Description|
|We put a camera somewhere new||This may involve miniaturisation or other improvements of imaging sensors, power supply, transmission or retention of data, environmental hardening and (possibly) recovery afterwards. Photographs and videos can be especially helpful in understanding what is or was going on, especially for the layman, than more limited signal traces.
Cameras have been inserted into every obvious bodily orifice (including swallowed, to be later excreted), placed in interesting habitats to monitor wildlife, sent into volcanic craters/ocean trenches/high altitudes/nuclear reactors, launched into space and sent past/round/onto several of the solar-system's more interesting bodies.
There's no clue which new place a camera has now been put, but it will probably at the very least excite people in the appropriately narrow field of research. The title (paraphrasing) does not guarantee that it will interest the public as a whole, but neither does it completely rule out that this will grab the headlines - at least until the next 'newer place' is imaged.
|Hey, I found a trove of old records! They don't turn out to be particularly useful, but still, cool!||Rather than starting with the aim of investigating some question, and finding some way of answering it by uncovering evidence, sometimes a writer may have stumbled upon a cache of historic documents that they then feel compelled to justify the resulting 'WikiWalk' they may have found themselves sucked into.|
|My colleague is wrong and I can finally prove it||This title refers to the occasional rivalries between scientists within a field, which can push them to seek proof that they, and not their colleague, are correct.||Note the lack of headers, suggesting an argument more than an explanation of data|
|The immune system is at it again||The human immune system is notoriously complex, and there are countless papers in medical fields just describing its strangeness|
|We figured out how to make this exotic material, so email us if you need some||Researchers often attempt to create materials despite there not being any demand, predicting that in the future their material will be game-changing without any actual applications. These researchers have created such a material, and are offering to produce it for anyone who needs it|
|What are fish even doing down there||Deep sea marine biology regularly discovers strange lifeforms in unexpected places, and theories explaining deep sea ecosystems are regularly confounded by new data.||This paper does not appear to have any headers|
|This task I had to do anyway turned out to be hard enough for its own paper||There is a huge variety in the complexity and importance of subjects studied in scientific papers, and often some supposedly easy task will be sufficiently complicated as to merit its own paper.|
|Hey, at least we showed that this method can produce results! That's not nothing, right?||One of the struggles of the scientific method is that many experiments will not produce the results scientists desired or expected. These results are still (sometimes) important, but are often ignored compared to research with important findings|
|Check out this weird thing one of us saw while out for a walk||This paper may be imagined as an opportunistic publication. A department or team has seen itself low down on the local 'league table' for academic output. A brainstorming session for a way of rectifying this led to desperately seizing upon the first idle comment made (in lieu of any better sounding ideas) that can somehow be shoehorned into their respective subject area.|
|We are 500 scientists and here's what we've been up to for the last 10 years|| Some papers summarize the work of big research teams, like those working on the Higgs Boson (list of authors starts at page 17) or LIGO. Since the discoveries which are made are a team effort, probably outlasting many of the individual tenures involved, the papers have many authors listed.
A credit for participation may not mean any particularly great contribution by each individual, but being left out (even for one summer's secondment, seven years before any results could be recorded) would be taken as a slight, and an opportunity missed to be 'citable' in the future.
|A huge portion of the page is taken up by the presumably 500 authors' names, above the main horizontal bar.|
|Some thoughts on how everyone else is bad at research||Similar to the "my colleague is wrong" paper, but in this case applied to far greater swathes of the community by the author(s) of this (possibly rambling) tract.|
|We scanned some undergraduates||Some initial research, especially that on a low budget, may recruit students at the same institution as easily available test-subjects. Quite often these are psychological or sociological studies, but can involve more medical (but non-invasive) 'scans', from simple eyeball-tracking to full-body MRI.|
Trivia: Originally, this comic's title text misspelt volunteers as volunters. This may be intentional (WE might be the volunteers). This was quickly corrected.
Types of Scientific Paper
An array of scientific papers is shown, with only their titles legible. Titles are as follows:
We put a camera somewhere new
Hey, I found a trove of old records! They don't turn out to be particularly useful, but still, cool!
My colleague is wrong and I can finally prove it
The immune system is at it again
We figured out how to make this exotic material, so email us if you need some
What are fish even doing down there
This task I had to do anyway turned out to be hard enough for its own paper
Hey, at least we showed that this method can produce results! That's not nothing, right?
Check out this weird thing one of us saw while out for a walk
We are 500 scientists and here's what we've been up to for the last 10 years
Some thoughts on how everyone else is bad at research
We scanned some undergraduates
Title Text: Others include "We've incrementally improved the estimate of this coefficient," "Maybe all these categories are wrong," and "We found a way to make student volunters worse at tasks."
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