Authors:
Henry Small Thomson Scientific 3501 Market Street Philadelphia PA 19104 USA

Search for other papers by Henry Small in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
,
Ann Kushmerick Thomson Scientific 3501 Market Street Philadelphia PA 19104 USA

Search for other papers by Ann Kushmerick in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
, and
Doug Benson Thomson Scientific 3501 Market Street Philadelphia PA 19104 USA

Search for other papers by Doug Benson in
Current site
Google Scholar
PubMed
Close
Restricted access

Abstract  

We explore an empirical approach to studying the social and political implications of science by gathering scientists’ perceptions of the social impacts of their research. It was found that 78 percent of surveyed scientists from a variety of fields responding to a survey indicated that the research performed in connection with a recent highly cited paper had such implications. Health related implications were the most common, but other types of implications encountered were technological spin-offs, public understanding, economic and policy benefits. Surprisingly many scientists considered the advancement of science itself to be a social implication of their research. The relations of these implications to the field and topics of research are examined, and a mapping of implications gives an overview of the major dimensions of the social impacts of science.

  • Collapse
  • Expand

To see the editorial board, please visit the website of Springer Nature.

Manuscript submission: http://www.editorialmanager.com/scim/

For subscription options, please visit the website of Springer Nature.

Scientometrics
Language English
Size B5
Year of
Foundation
1978
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
per Year
12
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
Founder's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
CH-6330 Cham, Switzerland Gewerbestrasse 11.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0138-9130 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2861 (Online)