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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.

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.

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.


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
Rafael Pardo Avellaneda BBVA Foundation, Madrid, Spain
Andrea Bandelli Science Gallery International, Ireland
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
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
Nico Pitrelli Sissa, Italy
Carmelo Polino Desarrollo y Educación Superior, Argentina
Subramaniam Ramanathan Independent Researcher, Singapore
Gema Revuelta Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Elaine Reynoso-Haynes Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México
Paola Rodari Fondazione Internazionale Trieste, Italy
Simone Rödder University of Hamburg, Germany
Mike S. Shaefer University of Zurich, Switzerland
Marteen 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
 Cristiana PreverSupervisor
 Beatrice Biggio
 Giulia Cassano
 Maria Teresa Leo
 Gabriella Furlan
 Caterina Massa
 Federica Princi
Software and system development and maintenance
 Mick McElroy Supervisor
 Giorgia Del Bianco
 Matteo Gamboz
 Marco Mizzaro
 Alessandro Sebastianutti
 Cristian Zoicas

Contact details

The JCOM Editorial office can be contacted via email at

Sissa Medialab srl
Via Bonomea, 265
34136 Trieste - Italy
Tel. +39-040-3787 620
Fax. +39-040-3787 640

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