Does Engagement in Advocacy Hurt the Credibility of Scientists? Results from a Randomized National Survey Experiment

@article{Kotcher2017DoesEI,
  title={Does Engagement in Advocacy Hurt the Credibility of Scientists? Results from a Randomized National Survey Experiment},
  author={John E. Kotcher and Teresa A. Myers and Emily K. Vraga and Neil Stenhouse and Edward W. Maibach},
  journal={Environmental Communication},
  year={2017},
  volume={11},
  pages={415 - 429}
}
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