Why I started OceanFact?
- Scientific knowledge is not available easily so that one cannot forge his/her own opinion: Why would you believe that climate is changing when someone (e.g. society) forces you to believe so? Why would you believe anything when the knowledge is often hidden behind an expensive paywall, in a language that is difficult to understand and jargon heavy?
Journalists are at risk of making harmful mistakes or shortcuts if they cannot easily access or grasp one’s research easily (e.g. the work of Boris Worms (2006) that got viral for the wrong reasons; or journalistic articles that get copy-pasted and altered along the way, even in reknown international newspapers, resulting in false news, divergent numbers and facts).
- The current science communication is unsexy and not at all jargon-free: no-one has the time to read thousands of words (e.g. freely available reports from the EU), not everyone understands the concepts at the core of science—that is our job and responsibility, scientists, to understand and share this knowledge.
What can we do about this?
So where do we innovate?
- Citizen-reviewers—selected among our private mailing list readers—participate in the peer-review process, so that they can directly influence the writing and quality of our articles.
Further, we encourage creativity: bring your skills and contribute—our SeaComm Army contains promoters, editors, photographers, video makers, good and talented artists, writers in the making, and bilingual monks. The list is endless.
- Readers can further provide feedbacks on the quality of the articles through comments, likes and a rating system.