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Public Understanding of Science

London School of Economics, UK
2013 Impact Factor: 1.932
2013 Ranking: 3/42 in History & Philosophy Of Science (SSCI) | 7/74 in Communication
Source: 2013 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2014)

NOW LIVE: The Public Understanding of Science blog on Science and Society

Follow the Public Understanding of Science blog on science and society! The blog is a new forum for all those engaged with doing and communicating science to discuss, debate, and deliberate on often contentious issues. We welcome contributions on public engagement with contemporary issues around science and technology, including links to articles, news reports, photographs, video clips, and web sites.

"Public Understanding of Science is an essential source for any scholar working in this field. Its international reach and its wide range of contributors make it even more valuable." Professor Jon D. Miller

Public Understanding of Science is a fully peer reviewed international journal covering all aspects of the inter-relationships between science (including technology and medicine) and the public.

Topics Covered Include:

  • surveys of public understanding and attitudes towards science and technology
  • perceptions of science
  • popular representations of science
  • scientific and para-scientific belief systems
  • science in schools
  • history of science education and of popular science
  • science and the media
  • science fiction
  • scientific lobbying
  • evaluative studies of science exhibitions and interactive science centres
  • scientific information services for the public
  • popular protest against science ('anti-science')
  • science in developing countries and appropriate technology

Comprehensive Coverage

Public Understanding of Science publishes articles which are are both broad in scope and detailed in coverage. Each peer-reviewed article encourages development of new knowledge and analysis.

Regular Features Include:

  • Research papers - Reports of original research
  • Perspectives - Exploration of key ideas and issues in theory, practice, and policy
  • Reviews - Commissioned reviews of recent books, exhibitions, and other issues of interest
  • Bibliography - Annotated bibliography of recent research in the field

Electronic access:

Public Understanding of Science is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at

Subscription Information :
Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access) $1,592.00
Institutional Subscription & Backfile Lease, Combined Plus Backfile (Current Volume Print & All Online Content) $1,751.00
Institutional Subscription, E-access $1,433.00
Institutional Subscription & Backfile Lease, E-access Plus Backfile (All Online Content) $1,592.00
Institutional Backfile Purchase, E-access (Content through 1998) $1,433.00
Institutional Subscription, Print Only $1,560.00
Individual Subscription, Print Only $104.00

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Institutional, Single Print Issue $215.00
Individual Single Print Issue $17.00
Frequency: 8 Times/Year eISSN: 1361-6609 ISSN: 0963-6625
Months of Distribution: January , February , April , May , July , August , October , November Current Volume: 24 Current Issue: 4
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