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An open letter to anyone who manages the RSS feed for a scientific journal

To y’all’er’um it may concern,

I really appreciate what you do. Checking the RSS feeds for my favorite scientific journals is the first thing I do, every morning; it’s how I find out about the latest publications in my various interests. That being said, when I come back from lunch and you do this:

I’m much more likely to click this:

Than if, every couple of hours, you did this:

So let’s work together to ensure that the maximum number of articles from your journal get read. Spread out the RSS updates. Thank you.

~Your snarky, neighborhood Southern Fried Scientist

(And yes, I do have separate subscription folders for journals that dump 50+ articles at once and journals that post 1 or 2 at a time)


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