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Think tank sets out rules to communicate science in crisis

Report slams experts who act in self-interest but praises good management of preprint access

Siggener Kreis, a think tank comprised of scientists, communication professionals and journalists, has published a set of recommendations on how to best publicise science during a crisis.

In situations of high uncertainty, self-proclaimed experts with no scientific background will vie for public attention along with academics, the group’s report warned. This can cause problems, as it means science may be seen as divided and knowledge perceived as uncertain.

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