Resources for reaching large numbers of scientists?
October 5, 2012 6:20 AM   Subscribe

Where can I find Listservs/message boards/mailing lists that include working scientists (of any field)?

I'm currently working on a survey that asks working scientists about their statistical practices. I'm a psychologist, so my professional circles are mostly psychologists. I know where I will post to request that psychologists fill out my survey, but my survey is more general; I'd like to get other working scientists to participate as well. Any scientist who uses statistics is someone I'm interested in.

Where can I find resources to advertise my survey to scientists of other fields? I don't want to post where I'm not welcome, of course, but if you know of relevant listservs, message boards, blogs, Facebook groups, etc - or lists of these - I'd love to hear about them.

On a related note: Google groups is really spammy these days.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike to Science & Nature (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
A few hang out here. There are also a fair few folk who are very interested in science.

I won't vouch for the quality of the discourse there as it is a new incarnation of a once very popular and stimulating place.
posted by taff at 6:46 AM on October 5, 2012

Response by poster: As I made clear, I'm aware that there are places where this sort of thing is not welcome. So if your answer is "I don't know of any place like this" there's no point in answering my question.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 7:00 AM on October 5, 2012

Best answer: Science on Google+: A Public Database (selflink) curates a database of almost 700 scientists; if you share the link on google+ and tag the page, it would likely be reshared and reach a large audience.
posted by ChuraChura at 8:41 AM on October 5, 2012

LinkedIn has a few groups on Science Communication that have quite a lot of dialogue and interaction, so while the LinkedIn groups themselves may not necessarily provide you with people to take the survey, you may have better luck finding someone with knowledge of a particular list serv or more active online group.
posted by forkisbetter at 9:39 AM on October 5, 2012

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