Many of us at ScienceOnline read primary research literature, but even here, the audience of readers is quite diverse. We range from high school students to professors of PhD students; we include journalists and public relations experts; some of us are science fans with no scientific training.
Here are some of the questions we'll ponder together:
- Is there a way for teachers and/or journalists to teach readers not only how to read the scholarly literature, but also how to be skeptical of science?
- How can scientists help non-experts understand their work?
- How do we access the primary literature?
- How can we encourage publishers and authors to participate in more open access publishing, and is that realistic?
- What are other ways that students, faculty, journalists, and the general public can access the primary literature?
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