I'm curious. Does anyone else read scientific papers for pleasure? (Boosts wanted.)

@a_breakin_glass @Qwyrdo For a given value of fun, yeah - I find doing the things science papers teach me to do properly to be fun, and more fun because I know the mechanisms behind what I'm doing.

Occasionally, yes. I don't go out of my way to, but if I'm reading on a topic and the journal article level stuff isn't quite answering my questions, I'll go right to the source, if it's available. And I can understand it.

@Qwyrdo not as much as I used to, but I love the thoughts and perspectives I find.

@Qwyrdo usually read academic papers, generally. Not a ton of science.

@Qwyrdo Occasionally I read compsci papers. Though mostly I focus on reading code instead.

@Qwyrdo it's been a long time since I had database access like that, but when I was in undergrad I used to research random stuff that caught my fancy!

@Qwyrdo No but i would like to be able to read them more easily. And FIND THEM EASILY.

@Qwyrdo i mean, yea. i'm in academia to begin with because i enjoy it (well, some aspects of it)

@Qwyrdo I probably would do it if they were in my native langage, but I prefer to watch youtube videos about them, I don't have the kind of concentration needed for that

@Qwyrdo Not individually, but I have books that are collections of academic essays which I will browse occasionally. Mostly psychology and art history right now.

@Qwyrdo @Gargron I said yes, but tbh I never have time to finish them. Plus they are often over my head.

@Qwyrdo Not directly but I do have a lot of fun going on research binges about whatever my latest obsession is, and I read a lot of scientific papers doing that.

@Qwyrdo I'm not sure if you could call it pleasure (Often I want to know and learn from the specifics or see what that celebratory popsci article about said paper left out), but yes, at least semi-frequently.

@Qwyrdo I not only read scientific papers, but send fanmail to researchers. Sometimes I have questions and usually give appreciation. They rarely reply. But I hope they feel encouraged.

@Shufei I would feel encouraged. As a scientist you get so little feedback.Thank you. @Qwyrdo

@Qwyrdo yes, the ones I read for fun are usually related to my field or model organism but not important for my research

@Qwyrdo I don't really seek them out, but if I get a copy of a CompSci journal at a conference or something, I'll cheerfully read the whole thing.

"pleasure" is hard to define here.

But yes, I read it for information purposes, to hone my skills, mind and thinking.

I do it because of a sense of purpose and duty

@Qwyrdo I usually read computer science or math papers for fun, but occasionally I'll come across a medicine or psychology or physics paper that I really don't have the background for but read anyway, just because it sounds like it presents an interesting result

@Qwyrdo does what if count as scientific papers?
otherwise not really but i could see myself doing that.

@Qwyrdo i mostly open the articles and "keep it for later" but yes

@Qwyrdo yeah while it's mostly for things I'm already familiar enough with. Scientists are motivated to write in a very obtuse way, which makes papers harder to read than other scientific dissemination efforts (blog posts, yt videos, ...)

@Qwyrdo *points to @chara* for a while you weren't reading anything _else_ for pleasure


I've been known to do this. My doctor hates this because I'll occasionally mention articles in JAMA or the New England Journal of Medicine that he hasn't read yet. Of course, I don't necessarily /understand/ everything I read. But I try.

@Qwyrdo I don't, but I know my father does (he specifically likes astronomy). I guess I should have answered "Yes" haha

@Qwyrdo I mostly read the IT, security and related stuff. Academic papers are like newspapers, but funded by industrial big corps instead of political parties - very entertaining!

@Qwyrdo Occasionally I'll read one from the era of cowboy chemistry to marvel at their terrifying laboratory environment. There was one I tried to chase down on the first synthesis of carbon diselenide - apocryphally they had to evacuate a nearby village because of the smell - but my German wasn't up to the task.

@Qwyrdo I'll answer 'yes' on behalf of one person who I know does (not in academia) ...

@Qwyrdo Yeah sometimes, even if I don't fully understand it a lot of papers have very interesting concepts

@Qwyrdo Well, Yes because it happened, although not so much lately as I lack the time, those I still read are for a purpose, not, absolutely not, for pleasure.

if you define "pleasure" as slacking off at work and still getting paid for it, then yes.

@Qwyrdo @Krita I do read and review them, but not for fun.. no


I had to vote no, but I want to. I haven't had the time or attention span

@Qwyrdo I used to think that my friend who did this was a HUGE NERD and couldn't believe it, but now I do it all the time
Glad that he bravely went ahead and inspired me to learn and grow!

@Qwyrdo Not often, but only because of the limited supply, but when I come across openn science journals etc., I love them.

@Qwyrdo this is the largest poll we've ever seen on the Fediverse in terms of engagement.

That's cool

@Qwyrdo Do... *computer science* (which arguably is more engineering than science) papers count? If so, yes

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