Improving the quality of science publications

Prominent Australian Science fiction author and scientist, Greg Egan, is spear-heading a campaign to improve the quality and accuracy of New Scientist, the journal which has the most impact on public awareness of science issues. Unfortunately there is a tendency among researchers across a range of disciplines to disregard the impact of journals such as New Scientist to shape public opinion, but the truth of the matter is that it’s mainstream media and public lectures that can massively alter public perception and influence industry funding of research activities. It is therefore paramount that these instruments for dissemination of information about science be subjected to consultation and peer review in order to ensure their integrity as publications.

I strongly recommend that those who are even remotely interested in science and public debate on science issues (as I am through the BrisScience lecture series and the forthcoming Brisbane Science Festival) to support Greg in this campaign.

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