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Science Communication

This section brings you a spectrum of perspectives, concerns, and expectations all about the concept and process of communicating science in different formats and via different platforms. The idea is to capture for you a sense of the change that is happening all around us—new pathways to research impact; evolving ways of diffusion and discovery of scholarly knowledge; novel content formats for science communication; new success stories; the expanding roles of authors, publishers, institutions, funders, industry, science communicators, policy makers, public engagement bodies, press offices, and all other stakeholders—and change that is on the cards.
Is there a gap between the scientific and non-scientific community?
The only way to ensure that people understand science is to communicate it in a way that enables them to absorb it easily and comprehend how it impacts them.  A 1985 Report published by the Royal Society clearly indicates the need for science communication and the benefits it can bring to society. 22 years down the line, how much have we achieved in this direction? If we haven’t achieved much, what are the main factors that obstruct our ability to communicate science effectively and build a...
How universities globally are encouraging science communication via different formats
With more than 2.5 million new research articles published annually, it has become increasingly important to find ways to make research findings stand out. Universities understand the importance of this and have been encouraging their researchers to make their research more visible by actively sharing their work with different audiences in various formats. This post looks at what some universities are actively doing to encourage science communication.
5 Steps to simplifying language in research communication
There is a dire need to communicate in simplified writing in Academic Publishing. Complex ideas need not be described in a difficult manner. This article discusses how we can make scientific writing easy to read and understand. 
How funders can benefit from plain language summaries of research papers
In order to make science truly open, we need to move beyond providing free access to scientific output and think about making the non-scientific community understand scientific research. This article discusses why lay summaries are being increasingly adopted by funders to engage the taxpayers and show them the impact of research they funded.
Beyond the journal article: New ways of communicating science
The concept of open access is evolving and taking the form of “research communication.” Today, it is not enough to make research findings and data freely available after publication. It is more important to communicate research to the scientific and non-scientific community in order to ensure that critical findings influence policy and shape public understanding. 
Social media tips for journals, publishers, and societies
Because social networking is so intimate, it also represents a massive opportunity for academic journals and publishers to make their presence felt. This posts talks about the potential traps and mistakes journals, academic societies, publishers, and funders could avoid when engaging the academic community via social media platforms.
Why academic journals, publishers, and societies should have a social media presence
If you are a publisher who has not yet explored social media, it’s time you reconsidered that decision. If you thought that being on social media only benefits individual researchers, you are mistaken. Networking and posting updates via social media has several benefits for scholarly publishers, journals, and organizations as well. 
5 Steps to tweet your research at conferences effectively
Live tweeting not only helps raise awareness but also increases engagement and draws attention. Arming yourself with the right tools, preparing your tweets in advance, and planning well will help you live tweet your research effectively.      
I have written a physics paper titled “Origin of gravity." I have published it in a journal but only 7 people have read my paper. How can I promote my paper so that it's read by a wider audience?
Research promotion checklist for authors
This post contains a list of things you need to do to start promoting your work. This checklist should help you list all your ideas and channels of promotion in one place so that you’re able to keep track of your activities.