Anatomy of an Excellent Science on Google+ Post
In order to support our members who wish to improve their posts to this Community, we'll be running a series that breaks down the elements of a high quality SoG+ post. In the coming days and weeks, we'll bring you other examples of the posts that made it to our Curator's Choice category, highlighting other writing styles from different disciplines. These posts are high quality because they draw on credible scientific sources (summarising a blog post or news story doesn't count!). Most importantly, these posts engage with a critical scientific discussion relevant to our 5 major science categories (Applied, Earth, Life, Physical, Social).

First up is a post by +Samantha Andrews who wrote about the evolutionary purpose of the colour patterns in fish. The photo below offers more detail, but the basic elements that elevate Samantha's post are as follows:
1. Introduction has an interesting scientific story using easy to 
understand language. 

2. Post explains scientific phenomena and outlines a scientific question that needs an informed answer.

3. Summarises findings direct from scientific study using lay language.

4. Credits sources (including peer-reviewed science)

5. Uses relevant hashtags to improve engagement.

6. Uses a captivating image.

You can click to enlarge the image to learn a bit more. Read Samantha's original post here:

If you're still unsure about our categories, you can access them from the top right of our Community page. Or click here:

Want to learn to learn the basics of how to think critically about a scientific paper? Read our post from a couple of days a go:

#science   #socialscience   #scienceeveryday   #scienceongoogleplus   #scienceongoogle   #evolution   #fish   #marinebiology   #lifesciences  #SoG+CuratorsChoice
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