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Outside the Box

Man Walks on Moon!

Read more in the Journal of Moon Science (not available in English, online or in news stands)

In academia, researchers are encouraged to publish journal articles over everything else, including books, blog posts, and other tidbits that bring clarity to science and science to the public. This might be one reason why science is generally unconcerned about “marketing”—the lack of institutional incentives. There is also a general sense among many in science that done improperly, “marketing” taints science by misrepresenting facts, spreading misinfo1061px-Apollo_11_lunar_modulermation, and even worse, giving false hope to those in need. This arms-length relationship between science and clear communication ends up being a vicious circle—science isn’t often promoted properly, the public is uninspired, and scientists conclude that spending money on marketing is a waste. The reality is that today more than ever before, clear and effective communication is important for grant-funded institutions who need to be efficient, effective and transparent in their messaging, and for endeavors like science outreach whose complicated and important messages need to compete for attention in a very entertaining and diverse information landscape.

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  • Re: Today on The Scholarly Kitchen

    The OSI group on Open IP dealt with patents (in fact patents were part of the original charge and title for our group). Glenn, how soon are the reports going to be ready? Joyce Joyce L. Ogburn Appalachian State University 218 College Street Boone NC 28608-2026 Lifelong learning requires […]

  • Re: More on patents

    Thanks for providing the background Joyce. From my perspective, open access is a way to demarcate the types of new knowledge that are segregated. Joann On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 7:25 PM, Joyce Ogburn wrote: > In my work on principles, economic factors were only one of t […]

  • Re: Today on The Scholarly Kitchen

    Alright Jack, I’ll bite. Hmmm. From where I am standing this is another shadow box. Open access relates to the financial barrier to material that is already in the public domain (as long as you have enough money). It is not about preventing the ability for institutions or individuals to patent […]

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