The primary channel of scientific communication is the research article, whose content is mainly presented in English paragraphs comprised of declarative sentences. Paragraphed, declarative English has two major problems: high resource demands both in creation and consumption (especially for non-native users of English, constituting the majority of researchers); and ambiguity inherent in language creates more uncertainty for consumers. Greater promotion of other communicative tools – e.g. figures, tables, images, bulleted lists, headings, highlighting through color, bold and italics – among a range of stakeholders – e.g. journal gatekeepers, research methods teachers, English language teachers, disciplinary bodies like the APA – would result in scientific communication with improved volume, speed, and clarity. Cognitive science shows that a figure, table, image, sub-heading, or bulleted list is easier to create and to decode than a paragraph, and less ambiguous. Neurath speculated 100 years ago about scientific communication “freed from the slag of historical languages”; multimedia technology makes this increasingly possible.
|Publication status||Published - 26 Sep 2021|
|Event||Metascience Conference 2021 - Global|
Duration: 23 Sep 2021 → 25 Sep 2021
|Conference||Metascience Conference 2021|
|Period||23/09/21 → 25/09/21|