Adding a new voice to the growing offerings of online science journalism, Knowable Magazine from Annual Reviews will debut at the World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco on October 26, 2017.
This online-only magazine will explore the real-world significance of scholarly research, punctuated with forays into wonder and awe. Review articles written by leading scholars from the nearly 50 Annual Review journals serve as springboards for stories in Knowable Magazine. Through in-depth features, explainers, articles, essays, interviews, infographics, slideshows and comics, Knowable Magazine bridges the gap between review articles written by invited experts and the information needs of a broader audience.
This initiative receives generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Explaining the relationship between Annual Reviews and Knowable Magazine, President and Editor-in-Chief Richard Gallagher says:
“Annual Reviews articles synthesize findings from individual studies into something larger, articulating where a field stands, what is controversial, and what the future may hold. Knowable Magazine will help share these insights with a wider audience in more approachable ways.”
In terms of what makes Knowable Magazine different from other sources of scientific information, Editor Eva Emerson says:
“We are following scientific developments, but our reporting is based on reviews that integrate years of study. We will be writing about areas that have matured, or failed to mature, providing panoramic views of science and its impacts. Many new results are intriguing, and worth covering, but seeing results in a deeper context can better reveal what actually makes a difference in peoples’ lives. That’s what we aim to do.”
Other staff members include: Rosie Mestel (Deputy Editor); Lindzi Wessel (Reporter) and Katie Fleeman (Audience Engagement Editor).
This new publication has an Advisory Group that comprises the following experts in scientific communication:
- Laura Helmuth, Editor, Washington Post Health & Science, and President, NASW
- Ivan Oransky, Co-Founder of Retraction Watch, NYU Journalism School
- Tom Siegfried, Editor at Large, Science News
- Apoorva Mandavilli, Editor-in-Chief, Spectrum
- Joe Hanson, Biologist, Science Writer, Creator/Host of video series It’s Okay to Be Smart
- Jim Ottaviani, Graphic Novelist
- Kerri Hoffman, CEO of PRX Vermont
- Maggie Koerth-Baker, Senior Science Writer, FiveThirtyEight
Knowable’s rich blend of content will appear on its own website and also be freely available under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-ND). If you are attending the World Conference of Science Journalists next week and want to meet the magazine team and other members of Annual Reviews, please check out our schedule here.
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