What is it about?

The crisis of science credibility is a growing source of concern, leading to disinformation and skewed public opinions. This study approaches the problem from the sustainability of the scholarly communication system, considering its production, dissemination, and evaluation processes. The results show how poor sustainability in these processes may entail a failure to reach different layers of society.

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Why is it important?

Our findings show that the communication strategies scientists adopt when they design, disseminate, and evaluate their products (articles, book chapters, editorials, reports, etc.) may improve trust and the overall sustainable impact of science. Scientists are rational, emotional beings and active members of societies. As such they are in a bridging position to enable communication and integration processes between different communities, stakeholders, layers of the public, and domains of science, by using not only different communication channels but also different communication forms.


This article displays the richness and diversity of the scholarly communication endeavour. It argues that science's sustainable societal impact shouldn't be considered exclusively in terms of its usefulness in solving complex societal problems but in its capability to communicate its value to different audiences.

Antonella Foderaro

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This page is a summary of: Traditional, dialogical and complex scholarly communication: towards a renewed trust in science, Journal of Documentation, May 2024, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/jd-12-2023-0252.
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