Cartoons to communicate science? #scicomm

With the knowledge of science we can solve resource limitations, cure diseases, and make society work happily–but only if people can figure out what in the world scientists are talking about and why they should care. ~ Randy Olson, Don’t be such a scientist

In 2015 the Oxford Dictionary word of the year was the ‘face with tears of joy’ emoji. This year I have seen PhD researchers communicate their theses via emoji on Twitter. Today Emerald Publishing and the Journal of Professional Capital and Community released the following cartoon abstract of my peer-reviewed paper ‘Rethinking professional learning for teachers and school leaders’. The paper itself, which has so far been downloaded over 4000 times, is open access, and I have also blogged about it.

What do you think of the notion of a cartoon or graphical abstract of a research paper? Is this a way forward for science communication? Can we use visual language to make research more accessible and more widely read? Could you or would you be open to designing a cartoon strip or graphic-novel-style summary of your research?

designed by Emerald and posted here on JPCC website:

designed by Emerald and posted on the JPCC website

3 thoughts on “Cartoons to communicate science? #scicomm

  1. Hi Deb,
    Funnily enough, I was just looking at this cartoon today -I love it! I was even contemplating trying to do one for my own minor research in prep for writing up a journal article.


  2. I think we’re entering a new era where the options for academia are not limited to traditional formats.There was site I was following which was the ongoing publication for an Arts PhD in which the teacher was investigating the impact of media and digital arts on student..I think that’s what it was. I was deep into my own ITE at the time. However, that fact that the PhD submission would be the website which was a mix of blog articles and video reflections was a novel one.


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