Reference and Writing, Science

#SciComm: Suggested Readings for Effective Communication

Summer is upon us, and as cities, states, and nations begin to open up following months of pandemic lockdown, we remain uncertain about what the future holds. The need for clear, informed, and effective communication of science information to the general public has never been greater. For all the scicommers of the world, we’ve put together a #SciComm toolkit of books, many of which appear in our series of Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing. To all the science journalists, writers, video and radio producers, and public information officers: we thank you for your work and hope these suggested readings are of some help!

The Chicago Guide to Communicating Science: Second Edition

Scott L. Montgomery

Writing Science in Plain English

Anne E. Greene

Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story

Randy Olson

Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, Eighth Edition

Council of Science Editors

Also available as Scientific Style and Format Online

Ethics and Practice in Science Communication

Edited by Susanna Priest, Jean Goodwin, and Michael F. Dahlstrom

Handbook for Science Public Information Officers

W. Matthew Shipman

The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers, Second Edition

Jane E. Miller

The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis, Second Edition

Jane E. Miller

The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking

Brooke Borel

The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity

Lewis Raven Wallace

All of these books are available now from our website or your favorite bookseller.