The journalistic coverage of biologically active compounds presented as promising drugs in Brazil – although only two of them completed the evaluation tests and got approved for commercialization – provides insights and strategies to build a more analytical view on drug research and development.



By analysing answers provided by young students before and after visiting a science exhibition, the authors try to identify whether uncertainty of knowing can represent “a matter of emerging critical thinking, self-reflection and weighing of whether one has sufficient evidence to decide.”


How are media and political discourses about environmental pollution framed in Australia, China and Japan? By making use of novel and traditional means of analysis, authors of the book provide interesting insights relevant to those researching and practicing science communication of environmental issues.


“What are the criteria of successful digital infrastructures? Which potential for changing workflows or scholarly interaction and collaboration patterns do we ascribe to digital infrastructures?” JCOM new set of commentaries focuses on changing internal communication tools for scientific communities.


“The digital infrastructure in international astronomy comes with some striking features and can be regarded as a dream come true for open science protagonists. It consists of large components that are closely connected and offer immediate or delayed access to a large share of publications and research data.”


An overview of the Information Service Sociology (short: FID Sociology), a collaboration platform focused on providing an approach for simplified publishing of open access publications and facilitating interaction and collaborations between members of the sociological community.


“This commentary introduces a preliminary conceptual framework for approaching putative effects of scholarly online systems on collaboration inside and outside of academia.”


Reflections on outcomes of the project “Open Access Statistics”, designed to collect standardized usage figures for scientific documents, as well as complex legal requirements faced when implementing more sophisticated procedures such as network analyses.


"Why would anyone wish to track the emergence of science communication in
Ireland? There are lessons to be learned, mistakes to avoid and ideas to be
borrowed. Although the focus is Ireland, many of the issues travel internationally".


A brand-new JCOM for Latin America and a brand-new look for JCOM. April 2018 marks a milestone in the history of JCOM. Innovation and stronger community engagement, always open access.