As devotees of Nature‘s print edition know, one of its treasures is the Research HIghlights spread at the beginning of every issue, put together with great care and flair by my colleague Jenny Hogan. Most of the spread consists of little comptes rendus of papers elsewhere about which we find ourselves enthused about, but there’s also a little micro-column at the end called Journal Club. In this column Jenny invites a scientist of note to recommend a paper from the recent literature and explain why she or he is enthused about it.
A while back it struck us that these journal club pieces would be enhanced if they were easily discussable — discussion being the point of a journal club, really. So we deicided to load them up on a blog, one entry per post, and let them find their interactive audience. .