Ok, so many of you are interested in science. You read an article on a science blog or magazine, watch a documentary on youtube or the discovery channel, you even come across a video on facebook and you get the inspiration to write your next steemit post under the #science tag, but does your post deserve it?
Science is a field driven by the application of the scientific method; one where no information gets accepted without confirmation through observation and data collection. Science is respected and considered an authority, specifically because of its adherence to the ideals of answering hypotheses (questions) with data, one where theories are built by repeated confirmation of these hypotheses, and one where only more data can overturn a theory and replace it with another. Science is a field where new experiments are built on top of the results of those that came before, and one where crediting those giants upon whose shoulders we all stand is an absolute must.
Blogging about science however, is not the same as performing science, but not all science-posts are really that...scientific. This is a truth we all understand, because science can mean different things to different people. Nevertheless, the underlying unifying ideas all come back to the very same Science which we described above.
Blogging about science does not need be held to the same level of scrutiny as an actual scientific publication. However, we should still strive to do 'Science' justice, and by using the #steemstem tag and following a few simple guidelines, we each can achieve this with out too much difficulty!
In short, a #steemstem post should:
- Follow a logical course, supported by arguments.
- Have proper syntax, grammar and spelling (poor language use often destroys the clarity a post describing a scientific concept should have).
- Be well-written in a clear way, no obscurities, misunderstandings or misinterpretations.
- Be well-formatted.
- Be well-researched.
- Not spread false information.
- Cite your sources and credit* your images.
*Images should be properly credited to their owners. It is advisable that you use images with no copyrights, such as PD (Public Domain - no copyrights) or CC0 (Creative Commons licensed - the creator has set zero terms on their use). In case you want to use a copyright-protected image, you should ask for the creator's consent. Fair use of copyrighted images is allowed in cases of educational content, research, personal use or any other use that is beneficial to the public.
The steemSTEM (@steemstem) community is here to support STEM-related posts, where STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. If you wish your post to be noticed and curated by steemSTEM (@steemstem), then seriously consider the above. This will help us help you and shed light to posts left undervalued and unnoticed.