Magazines about the Inter-disciplinary Sciences

March 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

Reading is just plain good for you

An aspect of inter-disciplinary science and research that hasn’t been touched upon on this blog yet is the importance of keeping up with what other researchers and scientists are doing. Knowing what’s happening in the global scientific community could help break a dry spell on a research project, or help in finding a collaborator with the necessary skills and expertise. It’s also a good thing to do as  scientific professional, just how reading about current events is a good thing to do as a citizen.

Need a few ideas for worthwhile reading material? Try some of these magazines and publications. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and additional choices can be found at Yahoo!’s magazine directory or at Nature’s own publication index.

American Scientist – A bimonthly magazine about science and technology, each issue of American Scientist is filled with articles written by prominent scientists and engineers, covering work in fields that range from molecular biology to computer engineering. Published by the scientific research society Sigma Xi, American Scientist is a good choice to read for the latest research in a variety of fields.

Nature – A weekly international publication that covers the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences and clinical medicine (and much more), Nature was founded in 1869 and remains to this day as one of the most prestigious scientific magazines in the world. It’s one of the few magazines that also cover just about anything and everything, targeting a primary audience of research scientists and professionals.

New Scientist – This magazine not only covers the latest news in scientific research, but provides detailed analysis of “its industrial, commercial and social consequences.” New Scientist specifically targets business leaders and decision makers who have a keen interest in science and technology.

Science Magazine – Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science Magazine was founded by Thomas Edison and publishes the best research from the best scientists all around the world. The magazine also has several different websites that cover breaking scientific news, science careers, research articles, and translational medicine.

Scientific American – The oldest continuously published magazine in the United States, Scientific American has always been on the cutting edge of reporting scientific trends and has published the work of over 140 Nobel laureates in addition to government officials and industry leaders. Truly an international publication, the magazine produces 14 local language editions worldwide, is read in more than 30 countries, and has a worldwide audience of more than five million people. A third of Scientific American readers hold postgraduate degrees.

Saw an article you liked in a recent publication? Maybe you could contact the person and tell him or her your thoughts at iAMscientist. iAMscientist is a global community of researchers in medicine, technology, economics, math, statistics, physics, energy, and engineering. Members can not only put up a profile and connect with others with similar (or different) expertise, put also post their research and track the interest of their work in the scientific community. Be part of this scientific community, and let that author know that you were interested in their research.

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