Science Communication Research: an Empirical Field Analysis

science communication research

Recently the book “Science Communication Research: an Empirical Field Analysis” was published, which I would like to draw attention to.

It provides the first in-depth empirical analysis of the research field in science communication and is an outcome of a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research.

Here is some more detailed information from the abstract: “This study provides both an empirical analysis of strengths and weaknesses of research in the field of Science Communication, and a reflection on its future needs and perspectives. This study of Science Communication Research (SCR) triangulates a bibliometric and content analysis of approx. 3,000 journal papers with a multi-stage panel study and a review of grey literature spanning four decades. Quantitative findings from the journal analysis (e.g.about disciplinary contexts or topics, research methods, data analysis techniques used) were considered by a panel of 36 science communication researchers in a multi-stage series of qualitative interviews. These experts represent the international and disciplinary diversity of the research field, including past and present editors of the most relevant journals of science communication, and the majority of the most often cited science communication scholars.”

This study was conducted by the Institute for Science and Innovation Communication (inscico) and com.X – Institut für Kommunikations-Analyse und Evaluation under the leadership of Prof. Alexander Gerber (inscico).

./scidecode science consulting was engaged in this project in a consultative role and is mentioned in the publication under the former label scinoptica.

The bibliographical information on the book is:
Gerber, A. et al. (2020): Science Communication Research: an Empirical Field Analysis. Edition innovare. ISBN 978-3-947540-02-0. Open Access version:

The book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC BY) as Open Content and can be (re-) used openly.

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