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Quality indicators for science communication: results from a collaborative concept mapping exercise

Olesk, A., Renser, B., Bell, L. , Fornetti, A., Franks, S. ORCID: 0000-0002-9449-2725, Mannino, I., Roche, J., Schmidt, A. L., Schofield, B., Villa, R. & Zollo, F. (2021). Quality indicators for science communication: results from a collaborative concept mapping exercise. Journal of Science Communication, 20(03), A06. doi: 10.22323/2.20030206


Although the need to improve quality of science communication is often mentioned in public discussions, the science communication literature offers few conceptualizations of quality. We used a concept mapping approach, involving representatives of various science communication stakeholder groups working collaboratively, to propose a framework of quality. The framework organizes individual elements of quality into twelve indicators arranged into three dimensions: trustworthiness and scientific rigour, presentation and style, and connection with society. The framework supports science communicators in reflecting on their current practices and designing new activities, potentially improving communication effectiveness.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in JCOM - Journal of Science Communication, DOI: The Author(s). This article is licensed under the terms of the Creative CommonsAttribution — NonCommercial — NoDerivativeWorks 4.0 License.ISSN 1824-2049. Published by SISSA Medialab.
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Q Science
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Journalism
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