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Public Understanding of Science

2016 Impact Factor: 2.552
2016 Ranking: 9/79 in Communication | 1/44 in History & Philosophy Of Science (SSCI)
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017); Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE

Editor
Massimiano Bucchi University of Trento, Italy
Web and Social Media Editor


eISSN: 13616609 | ISSN: 09636625 | Current volume: 26 | Current issue: 6 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

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Follow the Public Understanding of Science blog on science and society! The blog is a new forum for all those engaged with doing and communicating science to discuss, debate, and deliberate on often contentious issues. We welcome contributions on public engagement with contemporary issues around science and technology, including links to articles, news reports, photographs, video clips, and web sites.

"Public Understanding of Science is an essential source for any scholar working in this field. Its international reach and its wide range of contributors make it even more valuable." Professor Jon D. Miller

Public Understanding of Science is a fully peer reviewed international journal covering all aspects of the inter-relationships between science (including technology and medicine) and the public.

Topics Covered Include:

  • surveys of public understanding and attitudes towards science and technology
  • perceptions of science
  • popular representations of science
  • scientific and para-scientific belief systems
  • science in schools
  • history of science education and of popular science
  • science and the media
  • science fiction
  • scientific lobbying
  • evaluative studies of science exhibitions and interactive science centres
  • scientific information services for the public
  • popular protest against science ('anti-science')
  • science in developing countries and appropriate technology

Comprehensive Coverage

Public Understanding of Science publishes articles which are are both broad in scope and detailed in coverage. Each peer-reviewed article encourages development of new knowledge and analysis.

Regular Features Include:

  • Research papers - Reports of original research
  • Perspectives - Exploration of key ideas and issues in theory, practice, and policy
  • Reviews - Commissioned reviews of recent books, exhibitions, and other issues of interest
  • Bibliography - Annotated bibliography of recent research in the field

Electronic access:

Public Understanding of Science is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://pus.sagepub.com

Public Understanding of Science is a fully peer-reviewed international journal covering all aspects of the inter-relationships between science (including technology and medicine) and the public.

Topics Covered Include...

  • surveys of public understanding and attitudes towards science and technology
  • perceptions of science
  • popular representations of science
  • scientific and para-scientific belief systems
  • science in schools
  • history of science education and of popular science
  • science and the media
  • science fiction
  • scientific lobbying
  • evaluative studies of science exhibitions and interactive science centres
  • scientific information services for the public
  • popular protest against science ('anti-science')
  • science in developing countries and appropriate technology
Book Review Editor
Angela Cassidy King's College London, UK
Managing Editor
Previous Editor 1992-1997
John Durant MIT Museum, USA
Previous Editor 1998-2003
Bruce V. Lewenstein Cornell University, USA
Previous Editor 2004-2009
Edna F Einsiedel University of Calgary, Canada
Previous Editor 2009-2016
Martin W Bauer London School of Economics, UK
Editorial Board
Jean-Baptiste Gouyon University College London, UK
Pablo Kreimer Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina
Niels Mejlgaard Aarhus University, Denmark
Hans Peter Peters Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Sally Stares City University London, UK
Esa Väliverronen University of Helsinki, Finland
Editorial Advisory Board
Nick Allum Essex University, UK
John C. Besley Michigan State University, USA
Dominique Brossard University of Wisconsin, USA
Donghong Cheng China Association for Science and Technology, CAST, Beijing, China
Celeste Michelle Condit University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
Fabienne Crettaz von Roten University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Sharon Dunwoody University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA
Steven Epstein University of California San Diego, USA
Declan Fahy Dublin City University, Ireland
Felice Frankel Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Jane Gregory University of Manchester, UK
Stephen Hilgartner Cornell University, USA
Maja Horst University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Alan Irwin Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Hak-Soo Kim Sogang University, South Korea
Tadashi Kobayashi Osaka University, Japan
Nicole Kronberger Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Bruno Latour Sciences Po, France
Simon Lock University College London, UK
Luisa Massarani Museum of Life/Oswaldo Cruz Foundation/Fiocruz, Brazil
Jon Miller Michigan State University, USA
Matthew C. Nisbet Northeastern University, USA
Giuseppe Pellegrini Observa Science in Society, Italy
Gauhar Raza CSIR-NISCAIR, Delhi, India
Mike S. Schäfer University of Zurich, Switzerland
Bernard Schiele CIRST/IRCST, Canada
Shunke Shi CRISP, Bejing, China
Rajesh Shukla Institute for Human Development, New Delhi, India
Giuseppe Veltri University of Leicester, UK
Wolfgang Wagner Universität Linz, Austria
Guosheng Wu Peking University, China
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Public Understanding of Science

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pscience to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Public Understanding of Science will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Public Understanding of Science, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Types of submissions:

      1. Theoretical-empirical papers or critical reviews of a research area - maximum 8000 words including Abstract, Notes and References.
      2. Research notes, practical innovations, essays or commentaries - maximum 4000 words including Abstract, Notes and References.
      3. Single book reviews (maximum 400 words) or comparative reviews of several new publications (maximum 1200 words) - for further details, please contact the Book Reviews Editor, Dr Angela Cassidy, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, Department of History, Room C3, East Wing, King's College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS. E-mail: angela.cassidy@gmail.com. Completed reviews should be submitted directly to the Reviews Editor rather via the ScholarOne process described below. For a full list of books available for review please visit www.goodreads.com/PUSBooks  

    For clarifications on these three types of submissions, please consult the editorial of the January issue 2010.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Public Understanding of Science operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer's name is withheld from the author and the author's name from the reviewer. The reviewer may -- at his or her own discretion -- opt to reveal his name to the author in the review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

    Review Process: Manuscripts may be reviewed initially by the Editors and only those meeting the aims and scope of the journal will be sent for outside review. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    Public Understanding of Science requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Public Understanding of Science encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Public Understanding of Science and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Public Understanding of Science offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Public Understanding of Science adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Public Understanding of Science is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pscience to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos. 

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Public Understanding of Science editorial office as follows:

    Email: pscience.soc@unitn.it 

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