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.
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.
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.
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||Camano Island, Washington|
|David Secko||Concordia University|
|Cynthia-Lou Coleman||Portland State University|
|Marilee Long||Colorado State University|
|Linda Billings||National Institute of Aerospace|
|Lee Ahern||Pennsylvania State University|
|Nick Allum||Essex University|
|John C. Besley||Michigan State University, USA|
|Rick E. Borchelt||National Cancer Institute|
|Paul Brewer||University of Delaware|
|Suzanne de Cheveigné||Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique|
|Julia Corbett||University of Utah|
|Sarah R. Davies||University of Copenhagen|
|James W. Dearing||University of Michigan|
|Jason Delborne||North Carolina State University, USA|
|Anthony Dudo||The University of Texas at Austin|
|Sharon Dunwoody||University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA|
|William Evans||University of Alabama|
|Sharon M. Friedman||Lehigh University|
|Jane Gregory||University of Manchester, UK|
|Robert J. Griffin||Marquette University|
|Nancy Harrington||University of Kentucky|
|P. Sol Hart||University of Michigan|
|Stephen Hilgartner||Cornell University|
|Marina Joubert||Stellenbosch University, South Africa|
|LeeAnn Kahlor||University of Texas at Austin|
|William Kinsella||North Carolina State University, USA|
|Bruce V. Lewenstein||Cornell University|
|Robert A. Logan||Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communication|
|Nancy Longnecker||University of Otago|
|Pieter Maeseele||University of Antwerp|
|Katherine A. McComas||Cornell University|
|Kurt Neuwirth||University of Cincinnati|
|Mary L. Nucci||Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey|
|Hans Peter Peters||Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany|
|Jean Retzinger||University of California at Berkeley|
|Carol L. Rogers||University of Maryland|
|Katherine E. Rowan||George Mason University|
|Michael Siegrist||ETH Zurich|
|Brian G. Southwell||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Jocelyn Steinke||Western Michigan University|
|Karen Taylor||University of Alaska, Fairbanks|
|Jessica Thompson||Northern Michigan University|
|Debbie Treise||University of Florida|
|Craig Trumbo||Colorado State University|
|JoAnn Myer Valenti||Emerita Professor of Communications|
|Kim Walsh-Childers||University of Florida|
|Z. Janet Yang||State University of New York at Buffalo|
|Ronald Yaros||University of Maryland|
Manuscripts (including tables, figures, etc.) should be submitted electronically at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sc. 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 email@example.com for assistance.
Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting to the journal should not simultaneously submit the manuscript to another journal, nor should the manuscript have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or to the editor.
We also publish research notes of approximately 3000 to 4000 words that report preliminary by provocative findings. Queries regarding any submission type and suggestions of books for announcement may be directed to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the editor with suggestions of books for review. Correspondence concerning other items such as films, exhibits, and events that we might consider reviewing is also welcome.