How can scientific research be made more accessible to the general public?
Too often scientists are seen as aloof from the world, rarely deigning to descend from their ivory towers of knowledge. This means that important research gets ignored, lost in the ether or poorly communicated to the wider public (think the GM crop scandal in the UK).
How can scientists prevent these misunderstandings and transmit their findings to the world in a way that is clear and concise, but that does not compromise scientific integrity?
Just making their findings free instead of publishing in costly-to-obtain journals would be nice. An easy way to do this is publish on Google Scholar, which already has a massive collection of articles available.
Great question. After a decade as an academic producing dozens of really boring research papers I humbly suggest two unlikely options: 1) send the researchers to creative writing classes or 2) hire good writers to work with researchers.
Scientists who can really write are like hens teeth. This is partly because most have a pathological aversion to both my suggestions.
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