Public Understanding of Science

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Public Understanding of Science  
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DisciplinePublic awareness of science
Edited byMassimiano Bucchi (University of Trento, Italy)
Publication details
2.453 (2017)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Public Underst. Sci.
ISSN0963-6625 (print)
1361-6609 (web)
OCLC no.36297216

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 Massimiano Bucchi (University of Trento).

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

Public Understanding of Science is abstracted and indexed in Scopus and the Social Sciences Citation Index. According to the Journal Citation Reports, its 2017 2-year impact factor is 2.453, ranking it 13 out of 84 journals in the category "Communication"[1] and 3 out of 44 journals in the category "History & Philosophy of Science".[2]


Public Understanding of Science has been criticised for its lack of commitment to open access, given that it publishes research about public understanding and access to scientific knowledge. Journal editors have published reasons for their position in the journal.[3] However debate continues even within the journal's editorial team.[4]


  1. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Communication". 2012 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2013.
  2. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: History & Philosophy of Science". 2012 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2013.
  3. ^ "Open access to Public Understanding of Science". Public Understanding of Science. 21 (7): 780–781. 2012. doi:10.1177/0963662512461882. PMID 23832557.
  4. ^ Jack Stilgoe (2013-06-18). "Open access inaction". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2013-07-05.

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