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Science Communication Journal Club Podcast

Science Communication Journal Club Podcast

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We help scientists integrate findings from the latest evidence-based research in social sciences and education into their outreach efforts. We curate, summarize, and discuss research studies and their applications to real communication contexts in a way that scientists can easily implement.
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Ep5 - Tipping points in social convention

Science Communication Journal Club Podcast

Scicomm Journal Club Podcast - E24 - Should scientists warm up towards pre-prints. What is their role in scicomm?
In this episode, we discuss the ever-growing interest in pre-prints. What are they, why do they exist, who uses them and for what.  We are joined by a guest - the author of the paper we discuss in the podcast and the Twitter chat ( - Johnny Coats. You can read the paper he and his collaborators wrote on the role of pre-prints in the dissemination of COVID-19 research for free in the journal PLOS One here ( Connect with Johnny on Twitter ( Follow the SciComm_JC account on Twitter ( for more chats on scicomm topics and other events. Visit our website ( for more info and to get in touch.
July 16, 2021
SciComm Journal Club Podcast - E23 - Non-inclusive language in science publishing
In this episode, we speak about problematic terminology in science and science publishing. In a number of fields, certain terminology promotes exclusion or carry a degrading context. What can be done to move away from these inherent issues and how can we individually improve our communication to remove biases? It's all in this episode. The Moments from the Twitter chat can be found here. The publication we discussed can be read in full here. Follow us @SciComm_JC. Visit our website at
June 22, 2021
Scicomm Journal Club Podcast - E22 - Equity in COVID-19 Communication with guest Sci4Teens
In this episode we are joined by the winner of second place of our 2021 State Your Mission Statement Challenge - a group of students who work to promote science communication among teens. You can follow them on Twitter @Sci4Teens. Find the Twitter moments from the chat with their participation here. Follow us on Twitter @SciComm_JC and on Instagram @scicomm_jc. Visit also our website and subscribe to our newsletter! Get in touch with ideas for the next topic you'd like us to cover in a Twitter Chat.
April 28, 2021
Scicomm Journal Club Podcast - E21 - How viewers understand and evaluate science videos online
In this episode we are joined by the 1st place winner of the State Your Mission Challenge 2021 - Rashmi Sheoran also known as @astro_roxy. You can find the moments of the Twitter chat Rashmi and Nevena hosted here and the peer-reviewed paper we discussed - here. Subscribe to our revived newsletter by visiting our website You will find even more info on this and other topics there. Follow us @scicomm_jc on Twitter for more updates and to get in touch!
March 30, 2021
Scicomm Journal Club Podcast - E20 - Value-based science communication and AAAS workshop2021
In this episode, we share tips on how to approach an audience based on shared values. We cover also some experiences from a workshop we hosted at the AAAS Annual Meeting 2021 on the same topic. You can find the moments of the Twitter chat we organised post-workshop here. If you want to receive the handout with guided exercises in value-based communication, drop us a message on Twitter at @scicomm_jc. You can listen to the previous episode mentioned here. The data Mariya talks about in the beginning of the episode on COVID19 opinion results by all sorts of demographics can be accessed here: Visit our website for more and subscribe to our newsletter! 
March 18, 2021
Scicomm Journal Club Podcast - E19 - Poetry for SciComm
In this episode, we welcome a guest, who is a poet (the BBC said so!) and a scientist - Dr Sam Illingworth. We talk about how powerful poetry is as a conversation starter, as an expression, as a bonding and outreach mechanism for science.  We covered (half) of his paper Creative communication – using poetry and games to generate dialogue between scientists and nonscientists in a Twitter Chat. The paper can be found here. The Moments from the chat are here. Follow Sam on Twitter @samillingworth, on his blog The Poetry of Science and the Podcast with the same title. The poem you hear in the beginning of the episode is written and read by Sam. Hear about the research that inspired it here. Follow us @SciComm_JC and visit our website. SciCommJC is Sherry Nuraini, Mariya Vizireanu, Heather Conklin, Nevena Hristozova and Amanda Coletti.
December 01, 2020
Science Communication Journal Club Podcast - The importance of science communication in languages other than English
In this episode we speak about the necessity to report, cover and communicate about scientific discoveries in languages different than English.  We start our discussion based on a Twitter chat (moments for it are here: where we discuss a publication (here: by Melissa Márquez (@mcmsharksxx) and Ana Maria Porras (@AnaMaPorras). We are joined by a special quest - one of the winners of the State Your Mission Challenge 2020 - Arvind Behal (@ArvindBehal). His activity for  which he wrote his winning mission statement is an online magazine where many scientists translate valuable scientific information in languages used by different communities in India (@ScienceCrux).  Our new team member, Amanda, can be found on Twitter as @amandacoletti5.  Follow us on @SciComm_JC and join the upcoming discussions on the #scicomm scenarios, twitter chats and more! Sign up to our newsletter at for regular info! Share this podcast episode on your social media, use #scicommjc and tag all the relevant profiles who do science communication and outreach in languages other than English! 
August 24, 2020
Science Communication Journal Club Podcast Ep 16 - Crisis communication
In this episode, we talk with Mariya (@mariyav_phd) about some ground rules and key points to remember when communicating in times of crisis.  Find the Twitter chat moments here - link. Find the CDC manual here - link. Link to the COVID-19 Public Opinion Survey Mariya spoke about and more info about it - here. Follow us at @SciComm_JC on Twitter and on Instagram at scicomm_jc. Sign up to our newsletter and get in touch at .
April 14, 2020
Science Communication Journal Club Podcast Ep15 - Social media for science communication w Virginia Schutte
In this episode we build on previous episodes. We talk about using social media for science communication with the runner up in the 2019 State Your Mission Challenge from the Scicomm_JC - Virginia Schutte. We talk strategies and tricks in using social media for scicomm as an individual and as an organisation. Virginia was a guest on a Twitter chat where she reviewed a scientific publication on social media for scicomm back in 2019. Find the article she spoke about here, and the moments and highlights of the Twitter chat here. Connect with Virginia via Twitter @vgwschutte and her webpage Follow us on: Twitter @scicomm_jc Instagram scicomm_jc and visit our website for more information and to get in touch
February 24, 2020
Science Communication Journal Club Podcast Ep14 - Science Twitter with Dr Lisa Lundgren
In this episode we explore the potential of social platforms for science communication and how we can apply the scientific method to study the true impact of different types of messages. The basis for our talk with Dr Lisa Lundgren is the publication "Scientific Twitter: The flow of paleontological communication across a topic network". Lisa herself, is a co-author of this work. You can get in touch on her Twitter @LisaLundgren21 or Instagram @doctorlisagna. Find the moments of the Twitter Chat on the same topic here . Follow us on Twitter @scicomm_jc ; Instagram @scicomm_jc , and check out our webpage to subscribe to our Newsletter and more awesome content!
December 18, 2019
Science Communication Journal Club Podcast Ep13 - Relationship between childhood curiosity and trust in science with SidewalkSciGuy
In this episode, we are joined by Alex Martin - a recent guest on our Twitter chats. We talk a bit about this publication The enduring effect of scientific interest on trust in climate scientists in the United States. But more importantly, we speak about the experiences, lessons and ideas, Alex has from his ultra-cool initiative - Sidewalk Science Center. Connect with Alex on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and via his website. Support Alex on Patreon - here. Visit for more information and to get in touch with us. Follow us @Scicomm_JC on Twitter to stay up to date with our latest news!
November 21, 2019
Science Communication Journal Club Podcast Ep12 - Social solutions for climate change communication, and EEF2019 w Ruben Oliveira
In this episode we recap our participation and some highlights from the Congress of the European Ecological Federation 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. We talk about the talk we gave (slides can be viewed here) and the book on which we based our presentation (and which our Sherry wrote) can be purchased here - Social Solutions for Climate Change. + Link to the Twitter chat moments where we also covered this presentation. And also a link to the book of Jonathan Haidt - The Righteous Mind The full programme of the Congress is here.  The Twitter account of one of the keynote speakers - Dawn Sanders which we mentioned in this episode for her awesome contribution to the congress. You can get in touch with Rúben on Facebook and Twitter. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter via our website and get in touch with us on Twitter - @Scicomm_JC.
November 11, 2019
SciCommJC Podcast Ep.11 Inclusivity with guest Tia Martineau
In this episode we speak about inclusivity in STEAM with a special guest Tia Martineau (@tia_martineau and Get in touch with the Science Communication Journal Club Team on Twitter @scicomm_jc and our contact form Please do rate our show wherever you listen to it and recommend it to your friends, colleagues and family.   
October 18, 2019
SciComm_JC Podcast - E10 - Gamification of education
In episode 10 of the Science Communication Journal Club Podcast we talk with Dr Carla Brawn (@Sci_Game_Girl) about gamifying education. Check out her website at  Find the moments of the corresponding twitter chat here. Read the first book summary on our website Find more content and contacts to our team at Follow us on Twitter @SciComm_JC.
August 21, 2019
Ep.9 Predatory Scientific Journals - How to spot and avoid them
In this episode we talk about our recent Twitter chat topic on predatory scientific journals and how to learn to recognize them. We cover this article to start the discussion. Mentioned tools you can use to assess the legitimacy of scientific journals are:  Journal Evaluation Tool  Visit to learn more about the team, get in touch, subscribe to our newsletter and more! Follow us on Twitter at  @scicomm_JC and Instagram via @scicommjc!
June 15, 2019
Ep. 8 Our House Is Burning - A case for increase of media coverage of biodiversity loss, guest Ruben Oliveira, Portuguese Ecological Society
The article which our guest chose for the twitter chat can be read here - Our House Is Burning: Discrepancy in Climate Change vs. Biodiversity Coverage in the Media as Compared to Scientific Literature; The moments from the chat itself can be found here - twitter moments link @SciComm_JC; The other article Ruben mentioned in the conversation can be accessed here - Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity; The webpage of the conference in Portugal which Ruben is co-hosting and where SciComm_JC will be also present is here - Embedding Ecology in Sustainable Development Goals.
April 04, 2019
Ep.7 Vaccine hesitancy and moral values
What are the moral grounds based on which some people experience various level of hesitancy related to vaccination? How can science communicators explore these values, understand them and use them as a background for more effective communication and outreach? All in this episode! Useful links mentioned in this episode: for summaries of latest and previous twitter chats, contacts and other news and useful sources; Association of moral values with vaccine hesitancy - the article discussed in the twitter chat and the basis for this episode's discussion; Moral Foundations Theory - further reading (first external reference is the book mentioned in the episode); Thinking Fast and Slow - book also mentioned in the episode; European Ecological Federation's 2019 Congress website - our new partners for the next twitter chat and more! Our House Is Burning: Discrepancy in Climate Change vs. Biodiversity Coverage in the Media as Compared to Scientific Literature - the article topic of the April twitter chat.
March 18, 2019
Ep. 6 Indiana Jones and the Secrets of the Miscommunicated Science - Pseudo Archaeology vs Science
Useful links mentioned in the episode: David S Anderson's twitter - The curly haired mafia page - The Chapman University survey on American fears - The first SciComm_JC twitter chat summary on Facebook for scicomm - Science vs Hollywood blog - Announcement of the winners of the ScicommJC State Your Mission Challenge -
February 21, 2019
Ep5 - Tipping points in social convention
In this episode we use for basis of our discussion the article "Experimental evidence for tipping points in social convention" by Centola et al., published in the journal Science on 08 Jun 2018. We talk about how many people and how much efforts it would take to change the social opinions. Why is the critical mass for controversial topics so high and what could you do if you don't have it? Listen and share with you friends and colleagues. Get back to us with you views on or on Twitter @scicomm_jc. Don't forget to follow us and sign up for our newsletter!
September 10, 2018
Ep4 - Diversity in Science with guests Latino Labs
In this episode we talk with Nico and Andrea from our honorable "State your mission challenge" mentions about the importance of diversity in science. Find them of Twitter at @latinolabs ‏and don't forget to follow our own account at @Scicomm_JC. Music was written by MusicalKoktail.
July 17, 2018
Ep3: Depoliticizing and culturalising scicomm messages
In episode 3 we talk about the importance of depoliticizing and culturalising scicomm messages with our honorable mention from the State Your Mission Challenge - Mark Smith. You can connect with him @MS71541719 on twitter. We also geek a tiny bit on the amazing communicator Dr Kevin Folta is and how his talks and discussions can make few science skeptics reconsider their opinions, including our very own Mariya's. Hear their stories in this episode and get in touch to tell us yours! Sign up for our newsletter via and follow us at @scicomm_jc and on Instagram at scicommjc.
April 29, 2018
Ep2: Cosplay for science - Interview with PaleoParadox
This episode features an interview with the winner of the Mission statement challenge of SciCommJC - PaleoParadox. Hear about the science cosplay activities of the CosplayForScience team and more!
March 30, 2018