One of the main things we learn how to do in graduate school is how to read. A quick Google search of "how to read a scientific paper" will come up with about 135,000,000 results (I just tried it, that's the actual number that came out). That number is so huge because reading scientific literature is famously difficult to do. The effort that goes into writing these articles is borderline insane. Authors must work together to ensure that every word of every sentence contributes valuable meaning to the paper. Figures have to be eye-catching but also informative and as accurate as possible. Even the structure of the article itself is carefully crafted to fit each journal's publishing preferences. Each of these factors almost always leads to a level of conciseness that requires you to read several other papers just to understand what's going on in the first one!
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I've personally encountered and participated in both kinds of the one paper journal clubs. Biology graduate students take one semester of BIOL 592: Critical Evaluation of Literature in Biology (ie, journal club). Each of the graduate students and faculty advisors took a turn presenting a relatively recent article from one of the big journals. You'll find my presentation for a pretty neat coyote paper on the left - we were encouraged to keep these short and sweet :)
I've also participated in the formal BioAnth journal clubs through the Anthropology department, just to keep up my presentation practice. You'll notice this presentation about macaques is a bit longer, and that my style had evolved quite a bit since my first journal club. Maybe for my next Teaching post I'll talk about how I make my PPTs now...I'll think on it. I hope you enjoy any journal clubs (or similar meetings) that you might be participating in this week and in the future. No matter what style the clubs are, they are so under appreciated and super useful. Until next Wednesday, cheers!