social media

Essential Social Media Tools


Many scientists think that they don’t have the time to develop a presence in social media. Like many people in other trades, scientists are busy and cannot spend half of their day on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media. Many tools are available that make it possible to automate many of the activities associated with […]

A Guide for Communicating Synthetic Biology

The Woodrow Wilson Center Synthetic Biology Project has just released a guide to help practitioners of synthetic biology communicate with different constituencies. Reading this document is cheap insurance against potential public relation disasters that may hurt not only you and your organization but our entire industry. We certainly do not want or need a major […]

PLoS Looking for a Community Editor

Do you eat, breathe and dream synthetic biology research? Like to blog and tweet? Read on to see if this opportunity is right for you. If you know the field and the literature from a researcher’s perspective and would like to work part-time as a PLOS Synthetic Biology Community Site Editor, you may be a […]

PLoS Launches Synthetic Biology Community

PLoS is launching the PLoS Synthetic Biology Community ( as a hub to allow readers and authors of synthetic biology literature to gather in one place. This resource will provide informal online avenues for researcher collaboration and discussion of PLOS-published research, it will help promote the synthetic biology collection, and it will contribute to demonstrate the […]

Looking for a volunteer social media guru with interests in synthetic biology

We are looking for a volunteer interested in helping us develop the presence of our group in social media. We are looking for a combination of proven experience in social media (Twitter and Facebook) and a genuine interest for synthetic biology. This is a great opportunity to bring your social media skills to the next […]

Article-level metrics and the evolution of scientific impact

This is one of the first and best papers about the use of article-level metrics. It provides a detailed overview of the different options and their possible adoption challenges, Interestingly, the paper also discuss how to use them to help identify what papers to read. The Altmetric section of our web site is an implementation of […]

Peccoud Lab web site 2.0: what’s in it for you?

We got ourselves a new site! Bedridden recovering from a ski injury, I quickly put together a first web site for my research group using Google Sites. This was in January 2009! Little did I know that this site would serve us for three years. About a year ago, it became clear that the site […]