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Science communication is an academic discipline with two main journals, Public Understanding of Science and Science Communication. Here is a partial list of other resources, grouped by Web sites, articles and books. Visit our Communication Toolkit for resources on in-person engagement, communicating science online, working with journalists, using visuals and more.

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Science and engineering indicators 2018: Chapter 7. Science and technology: public attitudes and understanding (2018) National Science Board

How Americans get science news and information (2017) Cary Funk, Jeffrey Gottfried and Amy Mitchell, Pew

Science curiosity and political information processing (2017) Kahan, D. M., Landrum, A., Carpenter, K., Helft, L. and Hall Jamieson, K. , Political Psychology, Vol. 38, Pages 179–199, DOI:10.1111/pops.12396

Environmental science in a post-truth world (2017) Jane Lubchenco, Frontiers in Ecology, Vol. 15, No. 1, Page 3, DOI: 10.1002/fee.1454

Does Engagement in Advocacy Hurt the Credibility of Scientists? Results from a Randomized National Survey Experiment (2017) John E. Kotcher, Teresa A. Myers, Emily K. Vraga, Neil Stenhouse & Edward W. Maibach, Environmental Communication, Vol. 11, No. 3, DOI:

Qualitative interviews with science communication trainers about communication objectives and goals (2016) John C. Besley, Anthony D. Dudo, Shupei Yuan and Niveen Abi Ghannam, Science Communication, Vol. 38, No. 3, Pages 356-381, DOI:

Science and engineering indicators 2016: Chapter 7. Science and technology: Public attitudes and understanding (2016) National Science Board

Public and scientists views on science and society (2015) Cary Funk and Lee Rainie, Pew

Toward engagement in climate training: findings from interviews with agricultural extension professionals (2015) David C. Diehl, Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez, Daniel R. Dourte, Nicole L, Sloan, Wendy-Lin Bartels, Carrie Furman and Clyde W. Fraisse, Journal of Rural Social Sciences, Vol. 30, No. 1, Pages 25-50

Finding your place on the science – advocacy continuum: an editorial essay (2014) Simon D. Donner, Climate Change, Volume 124, No. 1–2, Pages 1–8

Publics and their participation in science and technology (2014) Edna F. Einsiedel, Routledge Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology, Ch. 10, DOI: 10.4324/9780203483794.ch10

The future of science governance: publics, policies, practices (2014) P. Macnaghten and J. Chilvers, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 32, No. 3, Pages 530-548, DOI:

What do scientists think about the public and does it matter to their online engagement? (2014) John C. Besley, Science and Public Policy, Vol. 42, No. 2, Pages 201-214, DOI:

The science of science communication II (2013) Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia, National Academy of Sciences

Why people attend science festivals: Interests, motivations and self-reported benefits of public engagement with research (2012) Eric Jensen and Nicola Buckley, Vol. 23, No. 5, DOI:

Capably sommunicating science (2012) Alan I. Leshner, Science, Vol. 337, No. 6096, Page 777, DOI: 10.1126/science.1227898

The polarizing impact of science literacy and numeracy on perceived climate change risks (2012) Dan M. Kahan, Ellen Peters, Maggie Wittlin, Paul Slovic, Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, Donald Braman and Gregory Madel, Nature Climate Change, Vol. 2, Pages 732735, DOI:10.1038/nclimate1547

The science of science communication (2012) Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia, National Academy of Sciences

Public participation in scientific research: a framework for deliberate design (2012) J. L Shirk, H. L. Ballard, C. C. Wilderman, T. Phillips, A. Wiggins, R. Jordan, E. McCallie, M. Minarchek, B. V. Lewenstein, M. E. Krasny and R. Bonney, Ecology and Society, Vol 17, Issue 2, Page 29, DOI:

Synthetic biology in the science  café: what have we learned about public engagement? (2012) Erin L. Navid and Edna F. Einsiedel, Journal of Science Communication

Communicating the science of climate change (2011) Richard C. J. Somerville and Susan Joy Hassol, Physics Today, Vol. 64, No. 10, Pages 48-53, DOI:

Applying the science of communication to the communication of science (2011) Baruch Fischhoff, Climatic Change, Vol. 108, No.4, Pages 701—705, DOI:

The broad challenge of public engagement in science (2011) Rinie van Est, Science and Engineering Ethics, Volume 17, Page 639, DOI:

We need to reward those who nurture a diversity of ideas in science (2011) Alan I. Leshner, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Tweeting science and ethics: social media as a tool for constructive public engagement (2010) Alan C. Regenberg, American Journal of Bioethics, Vol. 10, No. 5, Pages 30-31, DOI:

Bridging science and society (2010) Peter Agre and Alan I. Leshner, Science, Vol. 327, No. 5968, Page 921, DOI: 10.1126/science.1188231

Public praises science; scientists fault public, media (2009) Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

Scientist citizens (2009) Christopher Reddy, Science, Vol. 323, No. 5929, Page 1405, DOI: 10.1126/science.1173003

Many experts, many audiences: public engagement with science and informal science education: A CAISE inquiry group report  (2009) E. McCallie, L. Bell, T. Lohwater, J.H. Falk, J.L. Lehr, B.V. Lewenstein, C. Needham and B. Wiehe, Washington, D.C.: Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)

Interactions with the mass media (2008) Hans Peter Peters, Dominique Brossard, Suzanne de Cheveigné, Sharon Dunwoody, Monika Kallfass, Steve Miller and Shoji Tsuchida, Science, Vol. 32, No. 5866, Pages 204-205, DOI: 10.1126/science.1157780

Engaging the scientific community with the public (2008) Rick Borchelt and Kathy Hudson, Science Progress

Improving how scientists communicate about climate change — Susan Joy Hassol, Eos, Vol. 89, No. 11, Pages 106-107

Evolution and its discontents: A role for scientists in science education (2008) American Association of Physics Teachers, American Astronomical Society, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, American Physiological Society, American Society for Investigative Pathology, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, American Society of Human Genetics, Biophysical Society, Consortium of Social Science Associations, Geological Society of America, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, National Academy of Sciences, National Science Teachers Association and Society for Developmental Biology, The FASEB Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1, Pages 1-4, DOI: 10.1096/fj.08-0101ufm

The quality of public dialogue (2007) Kathy Sykes, Science, Vol. 318, No. 5855, Page 1349, DOI: 10.1126/science.1151332

Beyond the teachable moment (2007) Alan I. Leshner, JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 298, No. 11, Pages 1326-1328, DOI: 10.1001/jama.298.11.1326

Framing science (2007) Matthew Nisbet and Chris Mooney, Science, Vol. 316., No. 5821, Page 56, DOI: 10.1126/science.1142030

Outreach training needed (2007) Alan I. Leshner, Science, Vol. 315, No. 5809, Page 161, DOI: 10.1126/science.1138712

Social values and the governance of science (2005) George Gaskell, Edna Einsiedel, William Hallman, Susanna Hornig Priest, Jonathan Jackson and Johannus Olsthoorn, Science, Vol. 310, No. 5756, Pages 1908-1909, DOI: 10.1126/science.1119444

Winning greater influence for science (2003) Daniel Yankelovich, Issues in Science and Technology, Vol. XIX, No. 4, Pages 7-11, DOI: 10.1126/science.1119444

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