Science Communication Issue - Coming Spring 2018!

About the Issue

Effective science communication—whether in written, oral, visual, or other creative format—is extremely important for engaging citizens in scientific practices and discovery, educating policy makers, combating the misrepresentation of scientific discoveries, and advancing scientists’ career and research opportunities. 

The Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) is pleased to announce a Call for Manuscripts for a science communication themed issue to explore the following, with emphasis on biology contexts:

  • >  Evidence-based science communication curricula: best practices and common pitfalls
  • >  Evaluation and impact of various forms of science communication: papers, oral presentations, television, social media, community outreach, art, etc.
  • >  Understanding cognitive biases related to scientific topics such as evolution and vaccines
  • >  Encouraging engagement in science-based dialogues
  • >  Using research findings to build narratives
  • >  Case studies of effective and appropriate science communication
  • >  Partnerships between scientists and communication professionals

Have an idea for a submission, but don't see the topic listed above? Email jmbe@asmusa.org with your abstract and have a Guest Editor review it for suitability.

Submission Requirements

Research articles, perspectives pieces, science communication-related activities and tools, and reviews of resources related to science communication are welcome. Manuscripts must adhere to the formats outlined in the Author Guidelines for Themed Manuscripts and be submitted through the JMBE submission and review system: jmbesubmissions.asm.org. Be sure to select "Theme: Science Communication" as the section to which you are submitting. All manuscripts will be vetted using the JMBE Themed Issue Rubric

To be considered for the Science Communication-themed issue, all manuscripts must be submitted by August 7, 2017.

Meet the Editors

Science Communication Issue Guest Editors

Five experts in the field of science communication have teamed together to solicit, review, and organize a special issue centered on this topic. A representative of JMBE's Editorial Board, the Theme Issue Editor, will facilitate the review process and ensure all manuscripts meet the scope of the journal.

Science Communication Guest Editors:

Emily Therese Cloyd - Project Director for Public Engagement at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology and the former Engagement and Outreach Lead at the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Jennifer Gardy - Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health, a science television host, and a children’s book author. She sits on ASM’s Communications committee, and regularly teaches science communication and risk communication to students and trainees.

Jean Goodwin - Professor of Communication and part of the Leadership in Public Science cluster at North Carolina State University.

Dennis Mangan - Teaches the art of science communication. He is a former program director and advisor at the National Institutes of Health, Associate Dean for Research at the University of Southern California, and faculty member at the University of Rochester. 

Holly Menninger - Director of Public Science for the College of Sciences at North Carolina State University. 

JMBE Theme Issue Editor:

Miriam Segura-Totten - Professor of Biology and the Harry B. Forester Eminent Scholars Chair at the University of North Georgia.


All author resources and step-by-step instructions on how to submit a paper can be found on JMBE's submission site: jmbesubmissions.asm.org. To have your abstract reviewed by an Editor or for assistance with the submission, please email jmbe@asmusa.org.

Wondering about JMBE's other themed issues? Visit the Themed Issues page for a list.

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