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Does media coverage of research misconduct affect public confidence in science?

Magazine article
Authors Ulrika Andersson
Fredrik Brouneus
Karin Larsdotter
Maria Lindholm
Published in Euroscientist
Volume 2014
Issue 4
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)
Language en
Links euroscientist.com/2014/04/does-medi...
Keywords content analysis, research misconduct, public confidence, science, SOM-institute
Subject categories Media Studies

Abstract

The SOM (Society Opinion Media) institute at the University of Gothenburg conducts annual surveys of the Swedish public. It explores, among other things, media consumption, confidence in societal institutions and different professional groups. Since 2002, an independent and influential Swedish non-profit membership organisation that works to promote dialogue and openness between researchers and the public called Vetenskap & Allmänhet—which stands for Public and Science—has added a section to the SOM survey to study public confidence in science and scientists. The current study, which examines the hypothesis that media reports of research misconduct will have an impact on public confidence in science and scientists, has been performed in cooperation with the SOM Institute, University of Gothenburg. The study involves comparing the SOM survey results to the number of articles on research misconduct published between 2002 and 2013. Media included in the study are the nine largest Swedish newspapers, including four tabloids, and a news programme on Swedish public service TV.

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