Open Laboratory 2013

If you’ve been reading science blogs for a while, you probably know about Open Laboratory. It’s a yearly anthology of the best science blog writing on the internet. And the submission form is now open (there’s a handy little badge in the left sidebar too).

If you appreciate the stuff that I do here, please consider submitting the posts to Open Labs. With so many amazing science bloggers out there, I doubt I’ll make it very far, but I’ve decided to put this out there because I think it will help me strive to work harder. When blogging has to compete with my work at the bench, and with cleaning the kitchen, and even with passive browsing of reddit and G+, it can be easy to forget why I’m doing it, but your comments and insights always revitalize me. Getting feedback from readers drives a virtuous cycle – getting recognition for the things people like makes me work harder to write things people will like.

Anything written between October 2011 and October 2012 is eligible. A couple of the posts I’m most proud of in that time frame are below the fold – if you like them too, submit them to Open Labs, and we’ll see how far they go. Or, take a look through the archives. And crucially, if you don’t think they deserve to be submitted, tell me why. Criticism can be hard to take, but I also think it can make me better.

submit to openlabs

Vaccinating Against Semen – Immunity as Contraceptive

Obesity, Inflammation and Diabetes

A Bitter Sweet Nobel – Beutler, Janeway, and the Dawn of Innate Immunity


  1. #1 Mike Olson
    February 27, 2012

    Hey Kevin, how’s it goin’? On my machine your link to Open Lab submissions doesn’t work. I’d like to point out as well, I like your three part series on Allergies. I’d like to vote for it, as I like most of your stuff, but really liked that!

  2. #2 Kevin
    February 27, 2012

    @ Mike O – It’s going well, thanks. Link worked when I put it up earlier, but it’s busted for me now too – I’ll look into it. There’s nothing stopping you from manually submitting the allergy posts though (the link embedded in the picture in this post is working on my computer)!

    [Edit: Sidebar seems to be working now… give it a test for me?]

  3. #3 Mike Olson
    February 27, 2012

    All three submitted…working fine!

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