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Editorial: Geoscience communication – planning to make it publishable

Hillier, John K.; Welsh, Katharine E.; Stiller-Reeve, Mathew; Priestley, Rebecca K.; Roop, Heidi A.; Lanza, Tiziana; Illingworth, Sam


John K. Hillier

Katharine E. Welsh

Mathew Stiller-Reeve

Rebecca K. Priestley

Heidi A. Roop

Tiziana Lanza


If you are a geoscientist doing work to achieve impact outside academia or engaging different audiences with the geosciences, are you planning to make this publishable? If so, then plan. Such investigations into how people (academics, practitioners, other publics) respond to geoscience can use pragmatic, simple research methodologies accessible to the non-specialist or be more complex. To employ a medical analogy, first aid is useful and the best option in some scenarios, but calling a medic (i.e. a collaborator with experience of geoscience communication or relevant research methods) provides the contextual knowledge to identify a condition and opens up a diverse, more powerful range of treatment options. Here, we expand upon the brief advice in the first editorial of Geoscience Communication (Illingworth et al., 2018), illustrating what constitutes robust and publishable work in this context, elucidating its key elements. Our aim is to help geoscience communicators plan a route to publication and to illustrate how good engagement work that is already being done might be developed into publishable research.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 21, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 27, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Jan 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 14, 2022
Journal Geoscience Communication
Publisher European Geosciences Union
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 4
Pages 493-506
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