Public Understanding of Science
|Public Understanding of Science|
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
|Public Underst. Sci.|
|Discipline||Public awareness of science|
|Edited by||Martin W. Bauer|
Public Understanding of Science is a bimonthly peer-reviewed academic journal that was established in 1992 and is published by SAGE Publications. It covers topics in the popular perception of science, the role of science in society, philosophy of science, science education, and science in public policy. The editor-in-chief is Martin Bauer (London School of Economics).
Abstracting and indexing
Public Understanding of Science is abstracted and indexed in Scopus and the Social Sciences Citation Index. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2012 impact factor is 1.724, ranking it 12 out of 72 journals in the category "Communication" and 3 out of 41 journals in the category "History & Philosophy of Science". 
Public Understanding of Science has been criticised for its lack of commitment to open access, given it publishes research about public understanding and access to scientific knowledge. Journal editors have published reasons for their position in the journal. However debate continues even within the journal's editorial team.
- "Journals Ranked by Impact: Communication". 2012 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.) (Thomson Reuters). 2013.
- "Journals Ranked by Impact: History & Philosophy of Science". 2012 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.) (Thomson Reuters). 2013.
- "Open access to Public Understanding of Science". Public Understanding of Science 21 (7): 780. 2012. doi:10.1177/0963662512461882.
- Jack Stilgoe (2013-06-18). "Open access inaction". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2013-07-05.