Sense about Science

Sense about ScienceSince 2006, Elsevier has partnered with Sense About Science (SAS), an independent charitable trust, championing evidence, scientific reasoning and a public discussion of scientific issues. For the past six years this unique program of events and publications has worked to promote an understanding of peer review among journalists, policymakers and the public as well as to engage and inspire early career researchers to stand up for science in public debates around the world.

The work on peer review has reached hundreds of thousands – from new authors to journalists, policymakers and students – through debates, publications, and an international peer review survey of 4,000 researchers in 2009. Colleagues across Elsevier have been involved in Sense About Science's outreach projects. Through collaboration on many of these activities, we continue to make clear Elsevier's commitment to quality research and peer review internationally. Learn more about the 2009 Sense About Science Peer Review Survey.

What's happening?

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Fact-finding mission to China provides key insights

22 September 2011, Tracey Brown, Editors Update

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A PhD candidate writes about a VoYS workshop

30 July 2013, James Steele, ElsevierConnect

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Chinese guide to peer review

10 May 2013, Julia Wilson, ElsevierConnect

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Booklet helps public understand peer review

8 February 2013, Julia Wilson, ElsevierConnect

Watch the video of Voice of Young Science debate

Engaging Early Career Researchers

Since launch, SAS' growing Voice of Young Science (VoYS) network attracted over thousands early career researchers to workshops around the world, a programme that has been partnered by Elsevier and over 30 learned societies and institutions around the world. The VoYS ethos of standing up for science, pursued through myth busting publications and promoting scientific scrutiny and peer review, receives a lot of media attention, which has helped it become a network with its own momentum, attracting new members every day.