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The social responsibility of scientists: the scientific impact statement

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2 Author(s)
Walter, C. ; Sch. of Law., Missouri Univ., Kansas City, MO, USA ; Richards, E.P.

This article discusses the responsibility of scientists to educate the public about science and how this might be done through the addition of a scientific impact statement to published scientific articles. The growing gulf between scientists and the general public is a threat to the support for science. In a larger sense, it is a threat to rational discussion of scientific issues in public debate and policy making. Scientists ultimately bear the responsibility for helping the public to understand scientific issues, This can be done in many ways, but all require that scientists communicate their findings in clear, understandable ways, including working with journalists to educate them so that they can appreciate the significance of the scientific enterprise.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:17 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

Nov.-Dec. 1998

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