Health and Science Communication

What does it mean to be a science communicator in today’s media landscape? How do online media shape the way in which health information is shared, portrayed, and understood?

New digital spaces such as blogs, aggregators, and social media platforms are rapidly transforming the world’s media landscape—as well as the way in which we share, consume, and engage with scholarly work. Sharing Health Research is a multi-year, SSHRC-funded project that examines these ongoing transformations in the online media landscape, with a focus on how they contribute to the wider communication and uptake of health research.

Through a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, the project examines how, where, and among whom health information circulates online, in the form of research publications, preprints, news stories, social media posts, and more. Expanding on our previous research on digital science communication, it seeks provide insights into the sharing of reliable health information and to support academics, journalists, and other science communicators in effectively engaging online audiences.

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Barata, G., Riedlinger, M., Schiele, A., & Pablo Alperin, J. (2018, September 16). Using social media metrics to identify science communicators in Canada. Science & You Conference, Beijing, China. Download
Riedlinger, M., Schiele, A., & Barata, G. (2018, September 16). Mapping the contemporary science communication landscape in Canada. Science & You Conference, Beijing, China.
Riedlinger, M., Barata, G., & Schiele, A. (2019). The landscape of science communication in contemporary Canada: A focus on anglophone actors and networks. Cultures of Science, 2(1), 51–83. Download
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Riedlinger, M., Schiele, A., & Barata, G. (2021). Emerging practices in science communication in Canada. In B. Schiele, X. Liu, & M. Bauer (Eds.), Science Cultures in a Diverse World: Knowing, Sharing, Caring (pp. 91–109). Springer.
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Maggio, L. A., & Fleerackers, A. (2022). Preprints in health professions education: raising awareness and shifting culture. Academic Medicine, 10.1097/ACM.0000000000005001.
Atef, N., Fleerackers, A., & Alperin, J. P. (2022). Doctors on YouTube: Exploring the Uses and Gratifications of Health Vloggers. SocArXiv. Download
Fleerackers, A. (2022). A focus on science communication at #ICA22. Journal of Science Communication, 21(6), R01. Download
Fleerackers, A., Nehring, L., Maggio, L. A., Enkhbayar, A., Moorhead, L., & Alperin, J. P. (2022). Identifying science in the news: An assessment of the precision and recall of news mention data. Scientometrics. Download
Fleerackers, A., Moorhead, L. L., Maggio, L. A., Fagan, K., & Alperin, J. P. (2022). Science in motion: A qualitative analysis of journalists’ use and perception of preprints. PLOS ONE, 17(11), e0277769. Download
Fleerackers, A., Riedlinger, M., Bruns, A., & Burgess, J. (2022). Academic explanatory journalism and emerging COVID-19 science: how social media accounts amplify The Conversation’s preprint coverage. Media International Australia, 1329878X221145022. Download
Atef, N. (2022). If the Evidence is Not Research, What is it? Egyptian Physicians’ Explanations of the Lack of Research Citations in their Health Vlogs. Health & New Media Research, 6(2), 299–317. Download
Ratcliff, C. L., Fleerackers, A., Wicke, R., Harvill, B., King, A. J., & Jensen, J. D. (2023). Framing COVID-19 preprint research as uncertain: a mixed-method study of public reactions. Health Communication, 0(0), 1–14. Download
Atef, N., Fleerackers, A., & Alperin, J. P. (2023). “Influencers” or “doctors”? Physicians’ presentation of self in Youtube and Facebook videos. International Journal of Communication, 17(0), 24. Download
Atef, N., Fleerackers, A., & Alperin, J. P. (2023). Why do health professionals create content on social media? Uses and Gratifications of Egyptian “physician vloggers” on YouTube. The Journal of Social Media in Society, 12(2), 188–210. Download