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JCOM is an open access journal serving the science communication community. The Journal does not apply any article processing or submission charge and is financed by SISSA Medialab S.r.l.

The field of public communication of science and technology has grown rapidly over the past 20 years with increasing professionalisation amongst practitioners and a growth in academic interest in the field. JCOM seeks to provide a space which brings together scholars and practitioners, enabling discussion of issue of interest to both communities.

JCOM follows a continue publication schedule for an average of 4 to 6 issues per year including Special Issues.

Why "science communication"? Because we want to challenge and enter into dialogue with the social studies of science and science and technology studies communities, as well as reach practitioners involved in a wide range of communication activities related to science and technology. The Journal publishes work that explores the importance of communicative processes to the development of science as well as studies exploring the dynamics of contemporary knowledge societies. We chose this privileged point of view even though we know that we are still looking for deep theoretical reflection, strong methodological tools and a clear identity. JCOM seeks to contribute to the development of the field and creation of its identity by adopting a model that promotes the free circulation of information and non-eurocentric perspectives, encompassing heterogeneous visions such as gender studies, social history, action-research. Furthermore, JCOM is a platform where distant communities can meet: academic scholars, journalists, museum operators, and scientists who live and work in fields where theoretical reflection and concrete action are strongly intertwined.

So JCOM investigates the needs for communication between science and citizens and within the scientific community itself; the problems that are to be faced when models for theoretical analysis or practical means to popularize science are used; the changing relation between science and social institutions; and the informative, pedagogical, interpretative and political dimensions of science communication.



JCOM - Journal of Science Communication - welcomes contributions for publication at any time. We invite submissions on topics related to science communication, including original research, theoretical reflections, case studies of best practice and evaluations. The Journal is aimed at researchers, educators, trainers and professional and occasional practitioners in science communication. Contributors should bear in mind the breadth of this target audience in writing papers intended for publication in JCOM.

We take a broad view of science communication, encompassing, for example, popular science publishing, science in information and entertainment forms of media, public demonstrations and discussions of science, mediations between scientific and other social institutions, science museums and centres, science journalism and science information services.

JCOM has a global remit and we invite submissions from all parts of the world, and concerning all parts of the world. We also seek to encourage new scholarship and new perspectives; we welcome submissions from prospective contributors who are at early stages in their careers and seeking to build up a portfolio of published work.


Editorial policy

Original research and theoretical contributions should be substantial and significant in content and we welcome papers that challenge existing theory or practice or seek to move the field forward. Papers must address one or more of the subject areas covered by JCOM. The criteria for acceptance are originality and contribution to the field and length should be appropriate to the information presented. Research and theoretical contributions judged to fall within the remit of the Journal and reaching an appropriate standard will be subject to peer review by at least two referees.

JCOM also encourages submission of essays that provide a thought provoking exploration of a topic relevant to the subject areas covered by the Journal. Essays should discuss issues faced by the communities served by the Journal and may be directed at either scholarly debate or science communication practice. Essays will be reviewed by at least one Editorial Board member.

Articles submitted to JCOM must not have been published in other journals, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Editorial oversight and peer review is handled anonymously.

The Editorial Board reviews JCOM's publication policies and ensures the scientific quality of accepted papers.


Ethical policy

All corresponding authors are implied to have read and understood this policy when their contributions are submitted to the Journal.

All manuscripts are given unbiased consideration regardless of the authors’ race, gender, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, political beliefs, sexual orientation, age or reputation.


Manuscripts submitted to JCOM must not have been published or be under consideration for publication in other refereed journals, nor should they be sent to other journals while still being considered for publication in JCOM.

Cases of misconduct are seriously considered and investigated and anonimity of whistleblowers is protected.

JCOM reserves the right to refuse to publish any content that, in its opinion, could be deemed distasteful or illegal including, but not limited to, libellous, defamatory, offensive or hate speech.

To report any concerns relating to potential misconduct, please contact the Editorial Office.


All those who have made a significant contribution to a manuscript must be cited as co-authors.

According to JCOM policy, authorship is based on the following 4 criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Other contributors to the study should be acknowledged, but not cited as authors.

All co-authors are assumed to share full responsibility for all of the paper and are expected to agree on this and on the order in which they appear in the author list.

Authorship or acknowledgements must not be used misleadingly to imply a contribution or endorsement by anyone who has not been involved with the work.

The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that:

  • all authors have approved the final version of the article as accepted for publication
  • the manuscript is not under consideration by any other journal at the time of submission
  • all co-author details and contacts are correct at the time of submission

Any changes to authorship during the publication process must be approved by all the authors, who must all confirm that they give their consent to the requested changes in the author’s list.

If an author has sadly passed away before a manuscript is submitted, consent by a family member or legal proxy is requested.

Sharing of log in details or allowing anyone to submit on one’s behalf is considered to be a serious ethical policy breach.

Authors must not fabricate, falsify or misrepresent data or results. Should an honest error occur, authors should contact the Editorial Office. Corrections must be approved by all authors of the original article.

Should submitted images or photographs be found to be potentially offensive to the journal’s readership or violate copyright, the journal reserves the right to request that authors provide alternative images before the final version is published.

All authors are required to declare any funding they received related to their research and ensure they have permission from their funders before submitting their article.


Authors must fully acknowledge the work of others (be it published or unpublished) used in their research and cite publications that have influenced their study. Information obtained in private correspondence or conversation can only be used with the explicit permission of the persons involved. Information obtained whilst refereeing research articles or grant applications should only be used if permission of the original author is provided. Permission by the original authors is required for any figures or extracts subject to copyright.

Including superfluous references to the authors’ own work or the works of others to promote and inflate citation scores is considered unethical.

Plagiarism and duplicate publication

Plagiarism constitutes unethical scientific behaviour and is never acceptable. Duplicate publication (production of multiple papers with essentially the same content by the same authors) is also considered unacceptable.

Conflict of interest

Any potential conflicts of interest should be declared by the authors when submitting their article, either in the acknowledgments section or in a separate cover letter. Examples of conflicts of interest that must be disclosed are: direct or indirect sources of funding (employment, grants, patents, sponsorships, consulting fees, equipment supplies); unpaid advisory affiliations and memberships of professional organisations which may influence publication, any personal relationships or beliefs representing a conflict (i.e: having a relative who works for a funding organization). Editors and reviewers must remain unbiased during the review process. A conflict of interest is anything that interferes with, or could reasonably be perceived as interfering with an objective peer review. Circumstances that may preclude editors or reviewers to remain unbiased include (but are not limited to) personal competing interests of any kind with any of the authors, being currently employed at the same institution as any of the authors, or having been close collaborators of any of the authors in the last three years. If at any point of the review process, editors or reviewers feel they cannot provide a fair and unbiased review, they should notify the journal immediately and seek advice.

Confidentiality and fair-play

Any manuscripts received for review must always be treated as confidential by both editors and reviewers. Editors may nonetheless contact editors of other journals in cases of suspect misconduct.

JCOM adopts a double-anonymous peer review process in order to better guarantee that manuscripts are reviewed regardless of the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, ethnic origin or citizenship.

Reviewers are expected to bring any ethical issues to the attention of the editor, including substantial overlap or similarity with other published papers.


Organisation chart

JCOM is organised as follows: Editor in chief, Deputy Editor, Editorial Board, Editorial Office at SISSA Medialab, Publishing Office at SISSA Medialab

The Editor in chief and the Deputy Editor are in charge of supervising JCOM's activity, of coordinating the peer review process, the Boards' activity and of monitoring the quality of the Journal.
The Editor in chief is first instance for an appeal.

The Editorial Board is called upon to facilitate the peer review process by securing appropriate peer feedback on articles submitted to JCOM. In addition to this vital role it acts as an ambassador for JCOM, by helping to promote the Journal and encourage researchers and practitioners to write for the Journal.

The Editorial Office at SISSA Medialab is in charge of supervising the functioning of the Journal. The Editorial Office monitors the Journal daily and provides assistance to authors, editors and referees.

The Publishing Office at SISSA Medialab is responsible for the marketing and distribution of the Journal, including the publication of accepted contributions (



The JCOM editorial office is based at SISSA Medialab, where a web-based software system has been developed and is used to process submissions and run the entire editorial procedure.

The software system relies on a powerful database that stores the files of the contributions, their metadata and, most importantly, all the correspondence between the Journal users (the director, authors, editors, referees, the editorial office and the typesetters). Users therefore have direct access to all the information, files and correspondence items appropriate for their role on their personal web pages. All users have a single username and password to access their home page on the JCOM website for all of their different roles.

Published papers are available online on open access terms on


Editorial Board

Michelle RiedlingerQueensland University of Technology, Australia
Deputy editor
Marina JoubertStellenbosch University, South Africa
Andrea Bandelli Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands
John C. Besley Michigan State University, USA
Dominique Brossard University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Rebecca Bruu Carver Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
Ganigar Chen National Science Museum, THAILAND
Lloyd Spencer Davis University of Otago, New Zealand
Antonio Gomes da Costa Consultant in Science Communication, ena Education
Lars Guenther University of Hamburg, Germany
Shirley S, Ho Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Rod Lamberts The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australia
Joan Leach The Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Australia
Nancy Longnecker University of Otago, New Zealand
Pieter Maeseele University of Antwerp, Belgium
Luisa Massarani INCT-CPCT, Brazil
Matteo Merzagora Traces and Espace des sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, ESPCI ParisTech, France
Juan Nepote Museo de Ciencias Ambientales, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
Rafael Pardo Avellaneda BBVA Foundation, Madrid, Spain
Nico Pitrelli Sissa, Italy
Carmelo Polino University of Oviedo, Spain
Subramaniam Ramanathan Independent Researcher, Singapore
Gema Revuelta Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Elaine Reynoso-Haynes Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México
Paola Rodari Sissa Medialab, Italy
Simone Rödder University of Hamburg, Germany
Mike S. Schaefer University of Zurich, Switzerland
Maarten van der Sanden Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Emma Weitkamp UWE Bristol, UK
Hiromi M. Yokoyama Kavli IPMU, University of Tokyo, Japan


JCOM Staff

Editorial Office
 Maria Teresa LeoSupervisor
 Beatrice Biggio
 Giulia Cassano
 Gabriella Furlan
 Federico La Banca
 Caterina Massa
 Valentina Mengarelli
 Federica Princi
Production Office
 Elia CalderanSupervisor
 Giorgia Del Bianco
 Sara Bin
 Cristiana PreverSupervisor
Software and system development and maintenance
 Mick McElroy Supervisor
 Marco Mizzaro

Contact details

The JCOM Editorial office can be contacted via email at

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Tel. +39-040-3787 620
Fax. +39-040-3787 640

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