[ASC-list] Call for Papers - Science Comm journal: Visual Communication of Science

Claire Harris claireharris.oz at gmail.com
Sun Sep 8 23:40:31 UTC 2013

Hi all,

You may be interested in the below note about a special issue of the
journal of Science Communication.

Also, if you have some work on visualisation, consider presenting it at the
ASC conference in February 2014. There is a sub-theme called 'visualising
our world', more info:

Abstracts (and session proposals) close this Wed 11 September.



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From: Susanna Priest <susannapriest at yahoo.com>
Date: 8 September 2013 02:50
Subject: [PCST] Call for Papers: Visual Communication of Science
To: "pcst at mailmanlist.net" <pcst at mailmanlist.net>
Cc: "mnucci at rutgers.edu" <mnucci at rutgers.edu>

for papers for a special issue of Science
Communication: Linking Theory and Practice

science visually in the digital age

The recent advent of new communication and representation tools
and technologies has created a myriad of new potentialities and new
in the creation and dissemination of science visuals, both within and
of the scientific disciplines. This trend has also raised questions about
use and impact of these visuals. Science visuals have progressed beyond
tables and graphs to include digitized schematics and simulations,
computer graphics, and even video games, in addition to film, video, and
photographic treatments. Computerization gives the creator new power to
representations and thus invite new interpretations of information. In this
call we intend the term visualization to include any kind of representation
that relies on “pictures” (broadly defined) rather than solely on language,
text, or numbers.

Visuals can both provide an entry point to science for people
without scientific training but also trivialize or confuse people about
through the range of possible interpretations of imagery.   They may also
encourage creative thinking
within science. This special issue will bring together research that
the changes in science visualization considered across a variety of
to encourage
synergy among divergent approaches and provide a resource for communication,
teaching, and future research.

This special issue will focus on whether and how visuals and
visualization technologies (old and new) and the broader access that they
provide are affecting science communication.  Questions to be addressed
include how science is represented visually,
how visuals influence public perceptions and understandings of science, and
what is ultimately the impact of new science visualization technologies both
within the disciplines and in the public sphere.  Papers can address such
topics as:

·        - the impact of visualization techniques and
technologies on public understanding/perceptions
·         -the ethics of visual science communication
·         -how scientific results are represented using new
visualization technologies, along with the implications of these
·         -visual metaphors, rhetoric, and framing in science
·         - the changing use of visuals within science
disciplines and what this means
·        -the use of iconic science imagery and its effects on
emotion and public perception
·        - power issues related to the use of visuals and the
public accessibility of science
·         -visuals and their reception in the science
museum/center and/or other particular contexts

This is
not intended to be an exhaustive list but only a starting point.
Theory-based papers
with an empirical or analytical focus and using any quantitative or
methodology will be considered.  All
papers submitted will be subject to a rigorous and competitive peer review

and requirements
are due April 1, 2014 for publication likely in late 2014 or early 2015.
submissions are very strongly encouraged. Mention the special issue in your
cover letter. Papers should follow the Science
Communication guidelines for length and format; submit at
mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sc.  Our ideal
manuscript is between 7000 and 9000 words, inclusive of notes, references,
other material. Additional guidelines can be found at scx.sagepub.com.
regarding the special issue can be addressed to guest editor Mary Nucci at
mnucci at rutgers.eduor to the journal’s editor,
Susanna Priest, at editorscicom at gmail.com.

Susanna Priest, PhD.
Visiting Scholar, University of Washington
Editor, Science Communication: Linking Theory and Practice
News Editor, Society for Risk Analysis
Communication Consultant/Science, Energy and Environment

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