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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Alperin, J. P., Stranack, K., & Garnett, A. (2016). On the peripheries of scholarly infrastructure: A look at the journals using Open Journal Systems. Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators. 21st International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators, Valencia, Spain. http://summit.sfu.ca/item/16763 Download
Barata, G., Caldas, G., Gascoigne, T., Barata, G., Caldas, G., & Gascoigne, T. (2017). Brazilian science communication research: national and international contributions. Anais Da Academia Brasileira de Ciências, AHEAD, 0–0. https://doi.org/10.1590/0001-3765201720160822
Barata, G. (2017). Ensino em alto mar desafia limites para formação de cidadão do mundo. Ciência e Cultura, 69(2), 16–18. https://doi.org/10.21800/2317-66602017000200007 Download
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.
Maggio, L. A., Ratcliff, C. L., Krakow, M., Moorhead, L. L., Enkhbayar, A., & Alperin, J. P. (2019). Making headlines: An analysis of US government-funded cancer research mentioned in online media. BMJ Open, 9(2), e025783. https://doi.org/10/gf8rs3 Download
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
Schiele, B., Gascoigne, T., Broks, P., Riedlinger, M., Massarani, L., Lewenstein, B. V., & Leach, J. (2020). Communicating Science. ANU Press. https://doi.org/http://doi.org/10.22459/CS.2020
Matthias, L., Fleerackers, A., & Alperin, J. P. (2020). Framing Science: How Opioid Research Is Presented in Online News Media. Frontiers in Communication, 5(64). https://doi.org/10.3389/fcomm.2020.00064 Download
Barata, G., & Manica, D. (2020, November 6). Stem-cells from menstrual blood in Twitter: paper attention on social media. The 2020 Altmetrics Workshop: The Future is Now, Virtual. Download Download
Fleerackers, A., Riedlinger, M., Moorhead, L., Ahmed, R., & Alperin, J. P. (2020). Replication Data for: Communicating scientific uncertainty in an age of COVID-19 [Data set]. https://doi.org/https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataset.xhtml?persistentId=doi:10.7910/DVN/WG9VDS
Fleerackers, A., Riedlinger, M., Moorhead, L., Ahmed, R., & Alperin, J. P. (2021). Communicating Scientific Uncertainty in an Age of COVID-19: An Investigation into the Use of Preprints by Digital Media Outlets. Health Communication, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2020.1864892 Download