ASC SA Journal Club: Are scientists susceptible to a soundbite?

ASCSA journal club is a social way to keep up with current research in science communication and to refine your skills in critical analysis. We’ll review selected articles in groups and also share ideas on the best journals to watch and the best tools for searching for and collating articles.

This month we’ll be reviewing a recently published paper looking whether the framing of a press release (in this case, estimating the date of fisheries collapse) results in more citations in the peer-reviewed literature mentioning that projection (spoiler alert….yes!)  As blogger Dr Bik asks “are us scientists just as prone to believe soundbites promoted by press releases and the media, particularly for hyped-up papers outside our own discipline?”

6.00 – 7.30 pm, Tuesday 9th of April, Science Exchange, Adelaide.

Free for ASCSA and RiAus members / $10 non-members – pay at the door. Please register at

The open access paper can be downloaded here:

Blog discussions here:



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