Awhile back, I was given a PLoS T-shirt by Bora Zivkovic, science blogger extraordinaire and online community manager for PLoS-ONE, the flagship journal of the Public Library of Science. Every time I wear the dang thing, someone says something to me about the Open Access journal movement. Of course, I live in a rather science-dense town so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I guess I’m just surprised at the kinds of comments I get.
Yesterday I took a brief jaunt to our local indy bookstore. To get some ideas for my Tar Heel Tavern post for this weekend (submit your entries!!!), I was picking up Rob Christensen’s, “The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina.” I saw a very nice young couple, probably in their early college years. (“Hey honey, here’s a book about the genome!”)
As I was perusing the stacks, the young man walked by and said:
I respect the mission that your shirt represents.
Not being the typical response I get about my T-shirts, I only muttered some words of thanks as he rushed by quickly. (Note that he said he respected the mission, not that he agreed with it or supported it.)
PLoS has probably given out thousands of T-shirts at scientific conferences – anyone else care to share the responses they get when they wear theirs?