EGU General Assembly 2022
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Geoscience communication - Planning to make it publishable

Sam Illingworth1, John Hillier2, Katherine Welsh3, Mathew Stiller-Reeve4,5, Rebecca Priestley6, Heidi Roop7, and Tiziana Lanza8
Sam Illingworth et al.
  • 1Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK
  • 2Geography and Environment, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  • 3Department of Geography and International Development, University of Chester, Chester, UK
  • 4Konsulent Stiller-Reeve, Valestrandsfossen, Norway
  • 5Center for Climate and Energy Transformation, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  • 6Centre for Science in Society, Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • 7Department of Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota, St Paul, Minnesota, USA
  • 8Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome, Italy

If you are a geoscientist doing work to achieve impact outside academia or engaging different audiences with the geosciences, are you planning to make this publishable? If so, then plan. Such investigations into how people (academics, practitioners, other publics) respond to geoscience can use pragmatic, simple research methodologies accessible to the non-specialist, or be more complex. To employ a medical analogy, first aid is useful and the best option in some scenarios but calling a medic (i.e. a collaborator with experience of geoscience communication or relevant research methods) provides the contextual knowledge to identify a condition and opens up a diverse, more powerful range of treatment options. Here, we expand upon the brief advice in the first editorial of Geoscience Communication (Illingworth et al., 2018), illustrating what constitutes robust and publishable work in this context, elucidating its key elements. Our aim is to help geoscience communicators plan a route to publication, and to illustrate how good engagement work that is already being done might be developed into publishable research. 


Illingworth, S., Stewart, I., Tennant, J., and von Elverfeldt, K.: Editorial: Geoscience Communication – Building bridges, not walls, Geosci. Commun., 1, 1–7,, 2018.



How to cite: Illingworth, S., Hillier, J., Welsh, K., Stiller-Reeve, M., Priestley, R., Roop, H., and Lanza, T.: Geoscience communication - Planning to make it publishable, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-868,, 2022.


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