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Science of science communication

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Dan Kahan, Dietram A. Scheufele (eds.): The Oxford handbook of the science of science communication. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, 512 pp, £ 115 HB
  • Kristian H. NielsenEmail author
Book Review

The term the science of science communication seems to have originated in 2012 with the first out of a series of so far three National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia on that very topic. The talks are freely available online, as are a number of related publications: two special issues of PNAS (2013, vol. 110, supplement 3, and 2014, vol. 11, supplement 4) and two NAS publications, The Science of Science Communication II and III, both based on the Sackler Colloquia, plus the 2017 NAS Consensus Study Report, Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda. I mention this by way of consumer guidance since there is some overlap between these open access publications and the Oxford Handbook under review here.

The science of science communication is an interdisciplinary field bridging all the main faculties. Taking the novelty of the field into consideration, some degree of heterogeneity is inevitable. It would have been more accurate, but probably less effective,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Science Studies, Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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