How Does Media Reflect the OA and Non-OA Scientific Literature? A Case Study of Environment Sustainability
Paper in proceedings, 2020

News outlets and popular science magazines have played an important role in increasing the public’s knowledge, engagement with and understanding of global environmental issues in recent years. Increased access to scholarly outputs might foster a culture of greater scientific education, which in turn could have a direct impact on public policy. This paper aimed to study: (i) Which topics in the area of environmental sustainability have been communicated to the members of the public via News and Popular Science articles. (ii) If these topics were also found in OA and Non-OA scientific articles. Three data sets comprising documents published between 2014 and 2018 were obtained from ProQuest and Scopus databases. Our findings showed four topics have been communicated to the general public via News and Popular Science articles. ‘Environmental protection’ and ‘Socio-economic aspects of environmental sustainability’ were the common topics amongst OA, Non-OA and News and Popular Science articles. Although the three sets had two topics in common, they placed different levels of importance on different topics. In the OA set ‘Biodiversity management & wildlife conservation’ and ‘Sustainable agriculture’ were regarded as motor topics. In the News and Popular Science set, ‘Environmental policy’ appeared as a well-developed and motor topic.

Clustering

Open Access

General public

Visualization

Strategic diagram

Environmental sustainability

Popular Science articles

Science journalism

News

Author

Tahereh Dehdarirad

Chalmers, Communication and Learning in Science, Research support, bibliometrics and ranking

Jonathan Freer

Chalmers, Communication and Learning in Science, Research support, bibliometrics and ranking

Alexander Mladenovic

Student at Chalmers

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)

03029743 (ISSN) 16113349 (eISSN)

Vol. 12051 768-781

15th International Conference on Sustainable Digital Communities, iConference 2020
Borås, Sweden,

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Subject Categories

Information Studies

Media and Communications

DOI

10.1007/978-3-030-43687-2_64

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12/25/2020