These are the journals currently listed with relevant links where appropriate. Please note that we do not have access to full articles. If you have a specific journal that you feel should be listed then please comment below.


Communicating Astronomy with the Public

Public communication of astronomy provides an important link between the scientific astronomical community and society, giving visibility to scientific success stories and supporting both formal and informal science education. While the principal task of an astronomer is to further our knowledge of the Universe, disseminating this new information to a wider audience than the scientific community is becoming increasingly important. This is the main task of public astronomy communication — to bring astronomy to society. The CAPjournal is a free peer-reviewed journal for astronomy communicators, online and in print.

International Journal of Science Education, Part B – Communication and Public Engagement

IJSE,B will address the communication between and the engagement by individuals and groups concerning evidence-based information about the nature, outcomes, and social consequences, of science and technology. The journal will aim to: Bridge the gap between theory and practice concerning the communication of evidence-based information about the nature, outcomes, and social consequences of science and technology; Address the perspectives on communication about science and technology of individuals and groups of citizens of all ages, scientists and engineers, media persons, industrialists, policy makers, from countries throughout the world; Promote rational discourse about the role of communication concerning science and technology in private, social, economic and cultural aspects of life.

Journal of Research in Science Teaching

Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) focus on studies in which deep, disciplinary understanding of science provides the foundation for the work, and where student learning outcomes are featured. Manuscripts might focus on instructional design, student leadership, learning technologies, experiential activities, interdisciplinary projects, and so on. But in every case, we are interested in evidence-based research that speaks directly to the details of disciplinary understanding that derives, for example, from studying task performances and artifacts, or from analyses of interviews and other direct sources of data, as opposed to using test-taking or grading performance as surrogates for student learning.

Journal of Science Communication

Journal of Science Communication (JCOM) is an open access journal on science communication. Since the world of communication and the scientific community are now undergoing a rapid and uncertain transition, JCOM wants to provide some theoretical guidelines both for scholars and practitioners in the field of public communication of science and technology.

JCOM adopts a 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.

Public Understanding of Science

Public Understanding of Science is a fully peer reviewed, quarterly international journal covering all aspects of the inter-relationships between science (including technology and medicine) and the public. Topics Covered Include: popular representations of science, scientific and para-scientific belief systems, science in schools, history of science, education of popular science, science and the media.

Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance

RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance is a refereed journal aimed at those who are interested in applying performance practices to cultural engagement, educational innovation and social change. It provides an international forum for research into drama and theatre conducted in community, educational, developmental and therapeutic contexts. The journal offers a dissemination of completed research and research in progress, and through its Points and Practices section it encourages debate between researchers both on its published articles and on other matters. Contributions are drawn from a range of people involved in drama and theatre from around the world. It aims to bring the fruits of the best researchers to an international readership and to further debates in the rich and diverse field of educational drama and applied theatre.

Science Communication

Science Communication (SC), published bi-monthly, is an international, interdisciplinary social science journal that examines the nature of expertise, the diffusion of knowledge, and the communication of science and technology among professionals and to the public. SC addresses theoretical and pragmatic questions central to some of today’s most vigorous political and social debates. This discourse crosses national, cultural, and economic boundaries on issues such as health care policy, educational reform, international development, and environmental risk.





  1. This is a useful list.

    One additional journal with very regular coverage is International J. of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement.

    Will you be looking through journals that do regularly publish science comm research, though not exclusively? I’m thinking of PLOS One, PNAS, ST&HV, Social Studies of Science, Science as Culture, etc. And, of course, many other journals publish an occasional article, such as Climatic Change or Educational Psychologist or….the list is very long.


    1. Thank you for your suggestions, Bruce. We are happy to include as many relevant articles as possible and will include any that we come across. In the meantime, if you have any articles that would be especially useful to science communicators or outreach professionals and we have missed them, please tweet us and we will include it. (


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