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Strategic Science Communication: A Guide to Setting the Right Objectives for More Effective Public Engagement (2022) John C. Besley and Anthony Dudo, Johns Hopkins University Press


Personal experiences bridge moral and political divides better than facts (2021) Emily Kubin, Curtis Puryear, Chelsea Schein, and Kurt Gray, PNAS, DOI:

Survey: Americans Agree that Prioritizing Research is Essential for Pandemic Recovery (2021) Research!America

What we know about effective public engagement on CRISPR and beyond (2021) Dietram A. Scheufele, Nicole M. Krause, Isabelle Freiling, and Dominique Brossard, PNAS, DOI:


Bridging Science with Society: Defining Pathways for Engagement (2020) Brenda L. MacArthur, Laura A. Lindenfeld, Elyse L. Aurbach, Bronwyn Bevan and Todd P. Newman, Communication Center Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1

Science Communication Training in North America: Preparing Whom to Do What With What Effect? (2020) Anthony Dudo, John C. Besley, Shupei Yuan, Science Communication,

Contribution of Training to Scientists’ Public Engagement Intentions: A Test of Indirect Relationships Using Parallel Multiple Mediation (2020) Jacob Copple, Nichole Bennett, Anthony Dudo, Won-Ki Moon, Todd P. Newman, John Besley, Nicole Leavey, Laura Lindenfeld, Chris Volpe, Science Communication,

Organizing community events: Guidebook to virtual events (2020) Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement

The State of Inclusive Science Communication: A Landscape Study (2020) Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)

The misuse of colour in science communication (2020) F. Crameri,G. E. Shephard, & P.J. Heron, Nature, DOI:

Caption This! Best Practices for Live Captioning Presentations (2020) Michele Cooke, Celia R. Child, Elizabeth C. Sibert, Christoph von Hagke, and S. G. Zihms, Eos, DOI:

The Public Face of Science in America: Priorities for the Future (2020) American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Science–graphic art partnerships to increase research impact (2019) Colin K. Khoury, Yael Kisel, Michael Kantar, Ellie Barber, Vincent Ricciardi, Carni Klirs, Leah Kucera, Zia Mehrabi, Nathanael Johnson, Simone Klabin, Álvaro Valiño, Kelsey Nowakowski, Ignasi Bartomeus, Navin Ramankutty, Allison Miller, Meagan Schipanski, Michael A. Gore & Ari Novy, Communications Biology, Article number: 295 (2019), DOI:

Wellcome global monitor 2018 (2019) Wellcome Trust

The science of science communication III (2019) Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia, National Academy of Sciences

Encountering science in America (2019) American Academry of Arts & Sciences


Understanding scientists’ willingness to engage (2018) John C. Besley, Anthony Dudo, Shupei Yuan and Frank Lawrence, Science Communication, DOI: 10.1177/1075547018786561

The long-lasting effects of newspaper op-eds on public opinion (2018) Alexander Coppock, Emily Ekins and David Kirby, Quarterly Journal of Political Science: Vol. 13, Issue 1, Pages 59-87, DOI:10.1561/100.00016112 

Reimagining publics and (non) participation: Exploring exclusion from science communication through the experiences of low-income, minority ethnic groups (2018) Emily Dawson, Public Understanding of Science, DOI: 10.1177/0963662517750072

The science of science communication III (2018) Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia, National Academy of Sciences

JMBE themed issue on science communication (2018) Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, Vol. 19, Issue 1

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

Perceptions of science in America (2018) American Academry of Arts & Sciences

A common standard for the evaluation of public engagement with research (2018) Mark S. Reed, Sophie Duncan, Paul Manners, Diana Pound, Lucy Armitage, Lynn Frewer, Charlotte Thorley, Bryony Frost, Research for All, DOI: 10.18546/RFA.02.1.13

Unveiling Impact Identities: A Path for Connecting Science and Society (2018) Julie Risien and Martin Storksdieck, Integrative and Comparative Biology, DOI: 10.1093/icb/icy011


Public Engagement with Science: A Guide to Creating Conversations Among Publics and Scientists for Mutual Learning and Societal Decision-Making (2017) Museum of Science

How to evaluate public engagement projects and programmes (2017) National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda (2017) National Academy of Sciences

Scientists’ views about communication objectives (2017) John C. Besley, Anthony Dudo and Shupei Yuan, Public Understanding of Science, DOI: 10.1177/0963662517728478

Two-way communication between scientists and the public: a view from science communication trainers in North America (2017) Shupei Yuan, Tsuyoshi Oshita, Niveen AbiGhannam, Anthony Dudo, John C. Besley & Hyeseung E. Koh, International Journal of Science Education, Part B, Vol. 7, Issue 4, Pages 341-355, DOI: 10.1080/21548455.2017.1350789

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

How Academic Biologists and Physicists View Science Outreach (2012) Elaine Howard Ecklund, Sarah A. James and Anne E. Lincoln, PLoS ONR, Vol. 7, No. 5, DOI:


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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