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Science Communication as a Collective Intelligence Endeavor: A Manifesto and Examples for Implementation

Holford, D., Fasce, A., Tapper, K. ORCID: 0000-0001-9097-6311 , Demko, M., Lewandowsky, S., Hahn, U., Abels, C. M., Al-Rawi, A., Alladin, S., Boender, T. S., Bruns, H., Fischer, H., Gilde, C., Hanel, P. H. P., Herzog, S. M., Kause, A., Lehmann, S., Nurse, M. S., Orr, C., Pescetelli, N., Petrescu, M., Sah, S., Schmid, P., Sirota, M. & Wulf, M. (2023). Science Communication as a Collective Intelligence Endeavor: A Manifesto and Examples for Implementation. Science Communication, 45(4), pp. 539-554. doi: 10.1177/10755470231162634


Effective science communication is challenging when scientific messages are informed by a continually updating evidence base and must often compete against misinformation. We argue that we need a new program of science communication as collective intelligence—a collaborative approach, supported by technology. This would have four key advantages over the typical model where scientists communicate as individuals: scientific messages would be informed by (a) a wider base of aggregated knowledge, (b) contributions from a diverse scientific community, (c) participatory input from stakeholders, and (d) better responsiveness to ongoing changes in the state of knowledge.

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Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2023. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
Publisher Keywords: science communication, collective intelligence, epistemic diversity, knowledge aggregation, participatory input knowledge updating
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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