Practising Science Communication in the Information Age: Theorising Professional Practices

Paperback | February 10, 2008

EditorRichard Holliman, Jeff Thomas, Sam Smidt

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What is the impact of open access on science communication? How can scientists effectively engage and interact with the public? What role can science communication have when scientific controversies arise?Practising science communication in the information age is a collection of newly-commissioned chapters by leading scholars and practitioners of science communication. It considers how scientists communicate with each other as part of their professional practice, critically evaluating how this formsthe basis of the documenting of scientific knowledge, and investigating how open access publication and open review are influencing current practices. It also explores how science communication can play a crucial role when science is disputed, investigating the role of expertise in the formation ofscientific controversy and consensus.The volume provides a theoretically informed review of contemporary trends and issues that are engaging practitioners of science communication, focusing on issues such as the norms and conventions governing the practices of science communication, and how scientists communicate between disciplines.Other topics that receive critical treatment include: peer review, open access publication, the protection of intellectual property, the formation of scientific controversy and consensus, the popularisation of science, and the practices of public engagement.A companion volume, Investigating science communication in the information age, provides an ideal introduction to anyone wishing to study contemporary science communication.

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What is the impact of open access on science communication? How can scientists effectively engage and interact with the public? What role can science communication have when scientific controversies arise?Practising science communication in the information age is a collection of newly-commissioned chapters by leading scholars and pract...

Richard Holliman is Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at the Open University (OU), UK and production course team chair of Communicating Science in the Information Age. After completing a PhD investigating the representation of contemporary scientific research in television and newspapers in the Department of Sociology at the OU...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.53 inPublished:February 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199552673

ISBN - 13:9780199552672

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Section 1 - Communicating post-academic science1.1. Jane Gregory: Scientists communicating1.2. Robert Doubleday: Norms and conventions of science communication1.3. Charlotte Schulze: Patents and the dissemination of scientific knowledgeSection 2 - Developing trends in scientists' communicating2.1. Joachim Schummer: Science communication across disciplines2.2. Matthew Chalmers: Communicating physics in the information ageSection 3 - Accessing contemporary science3.1. Scott L. Montgomery: Science and the online world: Realities and issues for discussion3.2. Richard Gartner: Access to scientific informationSection 4 - Consensus and controversy4.1. Elizabeth Wager: Peer review in science journals: past, present and future4.2. Jeff Thomas: Controversy and consensusSection 5 - Popularising science5.1. Bruce Lewenstein: Increasing the audience5.2. Jon Turney: Science communication in fiction5.3. Martin Redfern: Speaking to the world: Radio and other audioSection 6 - Practising public engagement6.1. Stuart Monro: Managing the development of Dynamic Earth6.2. Ann Grand: Engaging through dialogue: international experiences of Cafe scientifique

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`A valuable and much-needed resource.'Professor David Gooding, Science Studies Centre, Department of Psychology, University of Bath