Role playing

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Sci Ed. 2015;2(2):100-102
Publication date (electronic) : 2015 August 14
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Department of Anatomy, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea
Correspondence to Min Suk Chung
Received 2015 May 27; Accepted 2015 July 31.

I drew this one to emphasize that scientists should stand together in the lab. Being united is necessary to achieve the common goal (such as hooking up with girls or getting good research results). This one also includes the precious lesson that all occupations are equally honorable; a chance should be given even to incompetent people, so that they should make much of it.

They say a scientist’s work is all about researching and writing. Even if you do a great job but fail to write a decent paper, you can't expect your paper to be carried to academic journals, thus getting little recognition. How to hook up with girls is pretty much a joke, while the way of writing a paper is a truth. Any scientist who has written a paper would be able to tell the difference between the joke and the truth.

Since lots of SCI journals are dominated by American scientists, papers from the world should be suited for their taste. The American editors are likely to accept papers that are funny such as papers with an amusing anecdote related to the field. Do you want your manuscripts to be accepted by SCI journals? Then why don’t you make your colleagues laugh right away?

The first step to draw this cartoon is getting themes. I don’t read textbooks or scientific papers to get the themes for the science comic strips; I rather read newspapers and popular books or watch TV. I also get some ideas while I hang out and chitchat with other scientists. That is, to draw a cartoon, I need to know things wide rather than deep. In other words, I have to play.


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This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education (grant number 2014R1A1A2053405).

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