ASCSA Journal Club

From Lisa Bailey

ASCSA Journal Club

The South Australian branch of ASC will this year be starting a new journal club as part of our roster of ongoing ASCSA activities.

I saw a need for this as I believe there is currently too much of a disconnect betweent the formal research of science communication and public engagement in the academic world, and science communication practitioners.  Often science communicators work in small businesses, not-for-profit organisations or freelance, where a primary focus is placed on delivery of science engagement output.  Practitioners based outside of Universities or large research organisations often lack access to scholarly research held behind online publishers paywalls.  It can be difficult to make time to seek out and review current relevant research in day to day working life.

So, we’re starting an experiment this June with our first journal club. I hope it will be an ongoing and informal process, with the chance to just catch up for a coffee with our fellow SA based commuicators as much of a benefit as a review of current trends in sci-com research.

How we progress will depend very much on who’s interested and what people would like to get out of it, but I’m looking forward to it.  Our first article for review is an article by Alice Bell Has blogging changed science writing?, available online here.

We’re meeting on Tuesday 12 June for more information visit http://ascjournalclub.eventbrite.com.au/   If you’re in SA I hope to see you then, or if you have a suggestion for an article for us to review let me know at lisabailey2606@gmail.com