Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has an important message about proper attribution.
I THOUGHT THIS WAS AN ADDED CAPTION BUT THEN I WENT TO THE VIDEO AND IT’S REAL
NEIL ACTUALLY SAID THIS
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE
If you want to help your favourite Science research please, please do. It’s not just about getting the right source so people can follow the trail, although that’s important too; if you source correctly, the research will get more funding and you’ll see more of it.
In the UK, we’re currently doing the Research Excellence Framework, or REF. Departments in institutions have to write a hefty report on all the research they’ve done over the past five years. Part of that is an impact statement which includes impact on the public. Not much market-ready technology comes out of blue-skies research like astronomy. But astronomy is great at one thing - inspiration.
If you source the images and research you use correctly by citing the authors and year (e.g. Smith et al. 2013) and even including a link to the paper, scientists can find where they’ve been cited in places like tumblr and record comments. We need to show that our research and our effort in publicising it has encouraged people to take up science/physics/astronomy in some way, whether that’s as a hobby, in school or a career path. The holy grail of comments would be, for example “Wow, that looks and sounds so exciting, I want to be an astronomer now!”
If users don’t cite in the first post, we can’t find these comments for the REF, our impact is under-estimated, we’re ranked poorly and we lose funding. Simple as. So please, please help us!