Exploring Perceptions of Credible Science Among Policy Stakeholder Groups: Results of Focus Group Discussions About Nuclear Energy

L. Berdahl, M. Bourassa, S. Bell, Jana Fried

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    Abstract

    How do different stakeholder groups define credible science? Using original qualitative focus group data, this exploratory study suggests that while nuclear energy stakeholder groups consider the same factors when assessing credibility (specifically, knowledge source, research funding, research methods, publication, and replication), groups differ in their assessments of what constitutes expertise, what demonstrates (or reduces) trustworthiness, and the relative prioritization of expertise versus trustworthiness. Overall, these results suggest it is important for science communication to consider audience-specific credibility, and raise questions about the potential impact of both funding sources and predatory journals on the perceived credibility of scientists.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)382-406
    Number of pages25
    JournalScience Communication
    Volume38
    Issue number3
    Early online date12 May 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

    Keywords

    • credibility
    • expertise
    • stakeholders
    • nuclear energy

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