The scientific journals Science (EUA) and Nature (England) are widely used by worldwide journalists that seek current and relevant information to feed their science news sections. Among the international science community both journals are known as two of the most prestigious and important ones, and, therefore, recognized as the most rigorous to select and analyze papers through the peer review process. The impact of having a paper published on their pages is, most of the time, reinforced by its reverberation on the media, which seems to help justifies the public financing of research and also legitimate the scientist’s and his institution’s work. The aim of this paper is to present the perception of ten Brazilian scientists that have published a paper in Science or Nature and, as a result, have had their work reported on the national media. Through interviews we have collected information about the importance of these journals to the interviewees, the reason that made them submit their work to one or other journal, their relationship with the media and the impact of their paper on their career. The results are still under analysis. Yet, preliminary data indicate that there is a great impact on the authors’ career and self-esteem; by spreading their work on the media they become better known inside the scientific community and help justifies their efforts and their research resources. Besides, it seems that the many advantages of publishing a paper in such top-level journals make scientists or their institutions optimize their accomplishment by not waiting for interviews requests from journalists. Instead, they are the ones who suggest to journalists, in advance, that their work reaches the news. It is possible that we are facing a new trend on the scientific journals’ role that is becoming an important tool to communicate science to society.

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Brazilian scientists’ perceptions on publishing papers in the journals Nature and Science and their relation with the media

Germana Barata   State University of Campinas

The scientific journals Science (EUA) and Nature (England) are widely used by worldwide journalists that seek current and relevant information to feed their science news sections. Among the international science community both journals are known as two of the most prestigious and important ones, and, therefore, recognized as the most rigorous to select and analyze papers through the peer review process. The impact of having a paper published on their pages is, most of the time, reinforced by its reverberation on the media, which seems to help justifies the public financing of research and also legitimate the scientist’s and his institution’s work. The aim of this paper is to present the perception of ten Brazilian scientists that have published a paper in Science or Nature and, as a result, have had their work reported on the national media. Through interviews we have collected information about the importance of these journals to the interviewees, the reason that made them submit their work to one or other journal, their relationship with the media and the impact of their paper on their career. The results are still under analysis. Yet, preliminary data indicate that there is a great impact on the authors’ career and self-esteem; by spreading their work on the media they become better known inside the scientific community and help justifies their efforts and their research resources. Besides, it seems that the many advantages of publishing a paper in such top-level journals make scientists or their institutions optimize their accomplishment by not waiting for interviews requests from journalists. Instead, they are the ones who suggest to journalists, in advance, that their work reaches the news. It is possible that we are facing a new trend on the scientific journals’ role that is becoming an important tool to communicate science to society.

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