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Science Communication

Science Communication

2017 Impact Factor: 2.032
2017 Ranking: 19/84 in Communication
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product
Linking Theory and Practice

Susanna Hornig Priest Oregon State University, USA
Associate Editors
Cynthia-Lou Coleman Portland State University, USA
Marilee Long Colorado State University, USA
Jessica G. Myrick Pennsylvania State University, USA
Commentary Editor
Linda Billings National Institute of Aerospace, USA

eISSN: 15528545 | ISSN: 10755470 | Current volume: 41 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

The flow of expert knowledge is undergoing rapid change. As information highways are constructed around the globe, new questions about ethics, goals, and economics must be answered. Science Communication addresses theoretical and pragmatic questions central to some of today’s most vigorous political and social debates. This discourse crosses national, cultural, and economic boundaries on issues such as health care policy, educational reform, international development, and environmental risk.

Interdisciplinary Approach

Science Communication
unites international scholarly exploration of three broad but interrelated topics: Communication within research communities - Communication of scientific and technical information to the public - Science and Technology communications policy. Science is broadly defined within the context of Science Communication to include social science, engineering, medical knowledge, as well as the physical and natural sciences. 
Critical Mass

The evolution of Science Communication has been fueled by increased scholarly attention to the diffusion aspect of expert knowledge. Science Communication sets new standards for scholarly and critical analysis of public communication by linking public policy to the parameters in which knowledge is created. Topics include:

Communication among experts and professionals... The journal explores such diverse and important subjects as how scientists and engineers use new communication technologies, and the unique problems in peer-review practices for research journals.

Communication history... In this rich and varied area of inquiry, you’ll find a broad range of articles, including the evolution of science broadcasting, content analyses of gender and racial stereotypes in science magazines, and evaluations of the effectiveness of government programs to enhance the public’s understanding of science.

Communication of scientific information to other professionals... Because the dissemination of scientific information is critical, Science Communication examines important and far ranging issues, such as the use of scientific knowledge in court, and how research findings are shaped to refine government regulation.

Communication to audiences outside technical communities... In the pages of Science Communication, you’ll find articles that analyze the content of scientific information in commercial television, as well as scholarship that probes issues like the changing economics of science museums. 
Thematic Issues

Science Communication
occasionally supplements its expert coverage with Special Issues that provide in-depth focus on a particular area of research. Examples include:

  • Intellectual Property Rights in a Web of Social Relations

  • Environmental Justice and the Challenge of Communication

  • Feminist Perspectives on Communication About Science, Medicine, and Engineering to the Public

  • "Globe-Speak" and Enviro-Communication: International Issues in Science Journalism

  • Zoos, Aquaria and Science Centers: Economics and Ethics

  • Globalization and Science Communication

  • Cultivating the Civic Scientist

  • Internet Bounty: How the Public Harvests Science and Health Information

  • Understanding Public Communication of Science and Technology

Science Communication is an international, interdisciplinary social science journal that examines such topics as the nature of scientific expertise as represented through communication and the processes or effects characterizing the communication of science in any context. Science is broadly defined to include environmental science, health science, and technology. Science Communication welcomes submissions of empirical research from authors in all relevant disciplines (including the social sciences, the humanities, and science itself). Both qualitative and quantitative research papers with a basis in theory are acceptable. Preference is given to articles that bridge the gap between theory and practice and that will be of interest across disciplines. In addition to peer-reviewed research, Science Communication publishes commentaries that analyze issues and trends in the field – whether scholarly, professional, or policy-related – and a periodic summary of new books in the field.

Susanna Hornig Priest Oregon State University, USA
Associate Editors
Cynthia-Lou Coleman Portland State University, USA
Marilee Long Colorado State University, USA
Commentary Editor
Linda Billings National Institute of Aerospace, USA
Editorial Advisory Board
Lee Ahern Pennsylvania State University, USA
Nick Allum Essex University, UK
John C. Besley Michigan State University, USA
Rick E. Borchelt National Cancer Institute
Paul Brewer University of Delaware, USA
Suzanne de Cheveigné Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
Julia Corbett University of Utah, USA
Sarah R. Davies University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Jason Delborne North Carolina State University, USA
Anthony Dudo The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Sharon Dunwoody University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
William Evans University of Alabama, USA
Sharon M. Friedman Lehigh University, USA
Jane Gregory University of Manchester, UK
Robert J. Griffin Marquette University, USA
Nancy Harrington University of Kentucky, USA
P. Sol Hart University of Michigan, USA
Stephen Hilgartner Cornell University, USA
Marina Joubert Stellenbosch University, South Africa
LeeAnn Kahlor University of Texas at Austin, USA
William Kinsella North Carolina State University, USA
Bruce V. Lewenstein Cornell University, USA
Robert A. Logan Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communication, USA
Nancy Longnecker University of Otago, New Zealand
Pieter Maeseele University of Antwerp, Belgium
Katherine A. McComas Cornell University, USA
Kurt Neuwirth University of Cincinnati, USA
Mary L. Nucci Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
Hans Peter Peters Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Jean Retzinger University of California at Berkeley, USA
Carol L. Rogers University of Maryland, USA
Katherine E. Rowan George Mason University, USA
Michael Siegrist ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Brian G. Southwell University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Jocelyn Steinke Western Michigan University, USA
Karen Taylor University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA
Jessica Thompson Northern Michigan University, USA
Debbie Treise University of Florida, USA
Craig Trumbo Colorado State University, USA
JoAnn Myer Valenti Emerita Professor of Communications
Kim Walsh-Childers University of Florida, USA
Z. Janet Yang State University of New York at Buffalo, USA
Ronald Yaros University of Maryland, USA
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  • Manuscripts (including tables, figures, etc.) should be submitted electronically at Authors will be required to set up an online account on the Manuscript Central system powered by ScholarOne.

    All manuscripts should be prepared following the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), although some flexibility is permitted to accommodate varying disciplinary traditions. Our preferred manuscript length is 7000-9000 words, including references. Tables and figures should be kept to a reasonable minimum. Each manuscript submission should include (a) a separate title page file with the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mails of all authors; (b) a separate biography page file of 50 to 80 words for biographical descriptions of each author; and (b) an abstract of not more than 100 words accompanied by approximately 4-5 suggested keywords, both of which may be included at the beginning of the manuscript file. Tables should be included at the end of the manuscript file, and figures, if any, should be appended in an additional separate file in clear, camera-ready format. To facilitate anonymous review, the names and affiliations of all authors should appear only in the title page and biography page files. In some cases authors may also want to delete or disguise multiple references to their own work. Please note that at this time the journal cannot accept any PDF files, even for figures. Contact the editor at for assistance.

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    Commentary articles address emerging issues and trends in the field in a style appropriate to an academic audience; they need not be based directly on new empirical research. These submissions are generally between 1,500-3,000 words and are reviewed by the editors only. Queries regarding possible Commentary submissions may be addressed to Linda Billings at or to the editor.

    We also publish research notes with a preferred length of about 4000-6000 words that report preliminary but provocative findings. Queries regarding any submission type and suggestions of books for announcement may be directed to the editor at

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