The Evolutionary Biology Online Journal Club is just as the name implies – a journal club held online via video chat, where biologists from around the world can meet to discuss current and/or conceptual topics in evolutionary biology.
WHY HAVE AN ONLINE JOURNAL CLUB?
We started the #EBJclub to provide an alternative for those of us who do not have access to journal clubs at their own institutions, and to allow for the possibility of establishing new connections and collaborations among peers.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We meet every two weeks, via Google Hangouts, to have a friendly round-table discussion on a paper/topic. We address the paper, how it relates to the larger concept at hand, and field any questions/comments from those following along on the blog or our IRC channel.
Topics and papers are chosen beforehand based on interest expressed in the blog’s comments and on Twitter (#EBJclub). The person who suggested the paper is encouraged to lead the video discussion, but this is by no means a requirement for participation! We try to post a brief introduction to the paper before each discussion, and if the discussion is particularly stimulating, we occasionally post a follow-up to any interesting points brought up in the discussion.
COOL! BUT HOW DO I JOIN?
Joining discussions is easy! Just follow these steps:
1) Find us on Google+ and add us to your Circles. This will ensure that you receive access to join the live video chat!**
**Note: Google does not allow any recorded Hangouts to be publicly available to join, so we can only make our Hangouts available to everyone who has us in his/her Circles.
2) At discussion time, go to our G+ page. If you have already added us to your Circles, you should see the most recent post advertising our discussion, with a button you can click to join the Hangout–click the button and join in!
WHEN DO YOU MEET?
Currently, we meet every other Monday, at 4:30pm EDT.
WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO JOIN A VIDEO CHAT? HOW ELSE CAN I PARTICIPATE?
No worries! If you aren’t able/willing to jump in the video chat, you can wait in the queue, watch the live stream of the chat on the blog, and/or post questions/comments in the IRC chatroom, which we will attempt to address in the video chat.
On the blog, feel free to introduce yourself in the forum, or simply dive into the blog’s comment threads–this way we can get to know your interests, and you can provide input on what papers we should discuss!
We record all our video chats and post them to the blog here, so if you missed a previous meeting you can always view the discussion later.
Check our blog, G+ and Twitter (#EBJClub) for announcements about future meetings! Season Two is all about speciation, which of course is a broad and fundamentally important topic to all us evolutionary biologists, so expect to see an exciting and diverse array of insight this semester!