“Most scientific breakthroughs take awhile to reach the masses. That’s because most people can’t process the mountains of technical information and get through to the main point. As a result, magazines don’t publish until the ramifications become quite obvious. Science magazines published online are closing the gap for the first time, and bringing this information directly to the people.
In general, scientific information comes from two places:
The news headline is almost routine: “A new study suggests…” Well, that study they’re talking about doubtless came from a scientific journal. This is the kind of publication that the scientific community uses to trade ideas, critique theories, and introduce new notions. Many mainstream reporters, whether they are newspapers or science magazines published online, rely quite heavily on this valuable source material.
The problem is that these journals are written for scientists, and as such they don’t bother introducing themselves to a mainstream audience. Some science magazines online include snippets with explanations, but that’s only a happy compromise.
Fortunately, this information is being published through science magazines appearing online. These magazines don’t have the high overhead and printing costs of print magazines, so they can make ends meet by catering only to the small portion of the population that would read this information in its raw form. Furthermore, those low costs mean that they don’t have to waste time dressing these theories up so the average person can understand them. Science magazines online offer the best opportunity for advanced students of science to get the information they want.
Of course, this is a rather general topic. But then again, there are some generalities that often hold true.
Science magazines published online cover everything from the overall scientific scene to specific fields of study. Generally speaking, the more specific the title, the less accessible the text inside is to understand. Thus, anyone can get a former grip on science news, from actual scientists to children with a curiosity for the unknown.
Of course, various fields of study often intersect each other, and the readers should be prepared for that eventuality. But by and large, they finally have magazines catered to their specific interests alone.
Keep in touch
Science magazines online also have a better understanding of reader interaction than their print counterparts do. Online magazines were among the first publications that kept their readers up-to-date on breaking news through e-mails. Mainstream publications have made efforts to catch up with science magazines published online, but they still have ways to go.
News doesn’t stop just because your magazine isn’t published often enough. Better yet, many of these e-mails allow you to read the update in record time, and keep you from missing out on your busy work day.”