The #AcademicValentines hashtag is probably the best thing we've read in a long time


If your Valentines Day isn’t living up to your expectations, don’t worry – researchers are reminding us just how much less romantic things could get through the #AcademicValentines hashtag.


The hashtag has gone viral with academics taking to Twitter to celebrate their love for their research… and also highlight some of the not so glamourous aspects of academic life.

Case in point: while we’re sitting here scrolling Facebook with pizza and wine, some scientists are spending their evenings with facial tumours and grumpy peer review comments, or waxing poetic about the challenges of paywall journals and angiosperms. 

There are already hundreds of tweets – many with full references, of course. 

Here are a few of our favourites so far. Thank you science, for reminding us love is not dead:

Roses are red
Your tracked changes are too
But they are still not enough
Love, #Reviewer2#AcademicValentines

— Kandice Kapinos (@kandicekapinos) February 14, 2018

Roses are red
Please click here for full access options
To purchase valentine
1 day online access to download valentine for $36.00#AcademicValentines

— Paul Fairie (@paulisci) February 14, 2018

Here’s a (fully referenced) #AcademicValentines about DFTD in Tasmanian devils –

Facial tumours are red (Hawkins et al. 2006)
They make devils feel blue (Woods et al. 2015)
But they’re biting back (Pye et al. 2016)
No need to bid them adieu! (Lazenby et al. 2018)

— David Hamilton (@davidghamilton1) February 14, 2018

Roses reflect light at 650nm
Violets at 450nm
Their beauty is in the eye of whoever
Controls the spectrometer#AcademicValentines

— Joby Hollis ?️‍??? (@Jobium) February 14, 2018

Roses are angiosperms
Violets are also angiosperms
Hardly surprising
They’re the most diverse land plants#AcademicValentines

— Elsa Panciroli (@gsciencelady) February 14, 2018

Roses are red (for a review of rose colours see Gardiner et al., 2001).
Violets are blue (although Green, 1989, has suggested alternative colours).
Some say love is dead (see Eros, 2001).
But I will always cite you (You, 2018).#AcademicValentines

— Alessa Teunisse (@alessateunisse) February 14, 2018

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I’d vaccinate my kids
if I were you#AcademicValentines

— Dr Paul Coxon (@paulcoxon) February 14, 2018

Hope they are part of the experiment…#AcademicValentines

— Vandana A Gupta (@ResearchMuscle) February 14, 2018

Roses are red,
Lilies are blue,
This poem was short,
But reviewer 3 required a number of modifications, so we had to cite many of his own poems and also change the title of the poem, rephrase the last few rhymes, and replace violets by lilies #AcademicValentines

— Sylvain ❄️??‍? (@DevilleSy) February 14, 2018

This one’s the winner! #AcademicValentines

HT @RenJenPhD

— Abeba Birhane (@Abebab) February 13, 2018

Roses are red
Lunches are never free
Clearly I’m an economist
And you’re my regression discontinuity#AcademicValentines

— Gray Kimbrough (@graykimbrough) February 14, 2018

You had me at “data are”. #AcademicValentines

— Abeba Birhane (@Abebab) February 13, 2018

“actually, roses are red,
and violets are blue”
interrupted a man
to explain something I already knew#AcademicValentines

— Kaia Mattioli (@k_ravioli) February 14, 2018

Also, if you’re feeling sorry for yourself this Valentines Day, just remember – you’re lucky you can see colours at all!

Roses are red
Violets are blue
But most mammals are colour blind
Thanks to their nocturnal ancestors#AcademicValentines #MesozoicMammals

— Elsa Panciroli (@gsciencelady) February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day, science lovers. You can read the entire hashtag here.

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