did our findings make it into the press?
The topic probably helped:
Infanticide in mammals
SEX + VIOLENCE!
I had another
paper earlier this year with the following topic:
HELPING + CUTE
Both papers have a topic that most people have strong opinions about
Sex + Violence
Helping + Cute babies
|Difference? ME! (and luck)
|Publish + Explain
after paper was accepted, we wrote and released a general statement
|Publish + Forget
after paper was accepted, we did not do anything else about this paper
statement received the attention of lots of reporters. It is a bit
unpredictable which stories will be picked up (for example, might
depend on what other stories are breaking at the same time).
Nevertheless, following through with the statement and other outreach
will still provide benefits even if there is no direct response to it
from the press: it gives you a great summary that you can share through
various channels to tell people about your findings.
friends/collaborators contacted me
My parents knew about it
said congrats on acceptance
No idea which colleagues read it
My family had no idea
paper is not the last task! If I want to share it with an audience,
there's more to do.
Continue to part 2
to find out what I did to explain the infanticide paper.