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  12 September 2013
Volume 14 Issue 9

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Podcasting with IEAM

Jenny Shaw, Managing Editor, IEAM

SETAC journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM) launched its first podcast coincident with the publication of the January 2011 Volume 7 Issue 1.  Over the past 3 years, IEAM has interviewed 20 researchers and released 12 podcasts covering topics ranging from ecological risk assessment to Bayesian statistics and ecosystem services.  In the coming year, IEAM intends to further expand the use of podcasting because it has become an integral component of the journal’s science communication and publication mission.

IEAM podcasts offers readers a chance to listen to researchers describe their work and its significance beyond the confines of the printed medium.  Readers can “meet” IEAM authors and hear about groundbreaking research directly from leaders in their technical field. Podcasts confer a personal perspective from the author, enabling listeners to experience the passion of the researcher and hear firsthand the back stories, inspirations and insights not often conveyed in the published paper. This enhancement of the traditional published scientific treatise—which has been in place for several centuries—has far-reaching potential. Indeed, a recent IEAM podcast listener observed “…that personal touch can be inspiring and can help build bridges between people with similar or complementary professional interests.”

Jennifer Lynch, SETAC Publications Manager, believes podcasting is one of many interactive technologies that will continue to grow within the scientific community and enhance the curricula at schools and universities worldwide.  According to recent reports from Edison Research and the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, the number of people in the U.S. listening to podcasts has grown steadily in the past few years to reach an estimated 30% of the population. Access to podcasts greatly increased after the 2005 debut of Apple’s podcast directory service in iTunes, together with other similar hosting platforms such as YouTube.  The recent dramatic increase in smartphones is another key factor in the steady growth of podcast audiences.

Our Society publisher Wiley-Blackwell, the IEAM Editorial office and the SETAC Publications office are working together to enhance both the quality of IEAM’s podcasting service and its availability to technical and non-technical audiences. We view podcasts as another important avenue for readers to interact with researchers publishing in IEAM. As always, we welcome and invite suggestions from members of the Society on how we can improve podcasting and how we can better share and communicate the important work that appears in our journals every month.  Stay tuned.

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Houston Santhanam L, Mitchell, A, Rosenstiel T. 2012. The State of the News Media 2012. Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. Available from:

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Rainie L. 2013. Cell phone ownership hits 91% of adults. Pew Research Center. Available from:

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