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Impression 2017 – Club SciWri in retrospect

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Club SciWri, the online blogging platform founded by scientists for scientists, has constantly endeavored to provide a platform to STEM professionals who’ve tirelessly instigated their passion for literary and/or artistic skills with the bonus of visibility. The team that runs this journal, even in the wake of organizational reshuffling in 2017, stuck to its vision of publishing articles relevant to innumerable STEM careers and providing added skillsets to professionals for efficient maneuvering of their own careers.

Articles of various flavors are run by Club SciWri – career transition stories, science policy, biodiversity and environment, entrepreneurship, developments in the world of science, arts and pharma (Med-ness). As the year comes to an end, we decided to look back and retrospect on how we grew as a team. Amongst the best additions to our group, the bunch of freelance editors stood out. They’ve relentlessly helped polish the articles that go online with us. Shayu Deshpande, Paurvi Shinde, Manoja Eswara, Arunima Singh, Roopsha Sengupta, Sushama Sivakumar and Akshaya Hodigere have been the driving force for our editorial team. Vinita Bharat’s Fuzzy Synapse added a different essence to numerous articles and was also a star attraction of our team.

We chose to list the ten most-viewed articles that were published by Club SciWri in 2017. The sheer breadth of the articles speaks volumes about the diversity we strive for, the information we aim to share and what strikes a chord in the reader’s mind. The articles (in descending order of viewership) are:

  1. Transitioning from Bench to Business Development: Face to Face with Subhalaxmi Nambi by Abirami Santhanam – March 22, 2017
  2. From Oklahoma to Manhattan- The Genesis of Sevengenes by Imit Kaur – June 26, 2017
  3. STEM Peers 2017 by Abhinav Dey – July 27, 2017
  4. Transitioning from Bench to Academic management: Tête-à-tête with Dr. Viswanadham Duppatla by Abirami Santhanam – May 25, 2017
  5. Ernesto Llamas: the sketching science guy by Ipsa Jain – April 29, 2017
  6. Transitioning into Science Policy: In conversation with Zane Martin, Ph.D. by Sayantan Chakraborty – February 7, 2017
  7. Face to Face with Dr. Senthil Arumugam by Ananda Ghosh – January 8, 2017
  8. Madhushree: the Maverink girl by Ipsa Jain – April 5, 2017
  9. Informational Interviews and How to go about them? by Riya Binil – May 24, 2017
  10. Medical Science Liaison 101 with Dr. Martijn Bijker by Radhika Raheja – August 30, 2017

As Club SciWri grew since its inception, the team running the show had an immense hurdle to take care of – outreach and viewership. We not only persevere for quality, finding audience for published works brings visibility to the contributors. In this year, we had a total viewership of 71,436 with 40,022 unique visitors (compared to 45,255 and 23,376 for 2016, respectively).

We were accessed in 140 countries (relative to 98 in 2016)! USA, followed by India, Germany, UK and Canada were the lead geographical hotspots for Club SciWri viewers and we covered every continent on earth (except Antarctica – we’ll make it there soon!).

Since we keep working hard on spreading the word about every article that’s published on Club SciWri, efficient use of sharing platforms also matters. In descending order of referrals, Facebook, search engines, LinkedIn, android-apps, and Twitter have helped us direct audience to our articles, hence increasing the brand value of contributors and Club SciWri alike.

The journey so far would not have been possible without the support of the contributors, editors and illustrators, PhDCSG, and the audience. Thank you for being there with us. As we look forward to more adventures in the coming year, the entire Club SciWri team wishes you all a Happy New Year!


The contents of Club SciWri are the copyright of PhD Career Support Group for STEM PhDs (A US Non-Profit 501(c)3, PhDCSG is an initiative of the alumni of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The primary aim of this group is to build a NETWORK among scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs).

This work by Club SciWri is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

I'm an IRTA postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute on Aging, NIH, Baltimore. A geneticist by training, I'm now exploring the realms of transcription factor dynamics in T cells using quantitative microscopy and systems biology tools. My interests extend to being the Editor for NPR Office Hours and Friends of Joe’s Big Idea. As I grow, I'm looking forward to interacting and networking with fellow science communicators and outreach managers across the globe. Additionally, I'm also a Crisis Counselor with the 24/7 Crisis Text Line.

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