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T1.1 Systematic literature review dataset


This document presents the T1.1 Systematic Literature Review Dataset, which was collected for the VERITY project, on the topic of ‘trust in science’, based on a total of 83 articles which provide empirical results from various scientific disciplines (e.g., social and educational psychology, medicine, science education, science communication).
The methodology for the completion of the Systematic Literature Review was based on the PRISMA protocol, which provides an evidence-based minimum set of criteria for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
To identify the most appropriate studies for our research questions, the eligibility of the articles to be included in the systematic literature review was determined by the following two main criteria:

  1. Only studies directly examining the correlation and causal relationship of various factors to the levels of public trust in science were considered.
  2. The factors correlated and affecting the public’s trust in science had to be investigated empirically, without any restrictions on the methodology. 

Moreover, to ensure the credibility, integrity, and feasibility of the literature review, three criteria were added: The surveys are based on participants aged at least 16 years old (research based on young children was excluded). The study is written in English.  The study appears in a peer-reviewed journal as an article.

The review began with a comprehensive search for articles in three electronic databases: Scopus, Web of Science and PsycInfo. The selection of Scopus and Web of Science was based on their widely recognized impact indices containing high-calibre scholarly literature published worldwide and across a wide range of scientific fields. PsycInfo was selected as the premier abstracting and indexing database covering the behavioural, social, and psychological sciences. The selected search strategy was based on the two core concepts of our main research question, namely, ‘trust’ and ‘science’.

After careful consideration, the following query string was established utilizing Boolean operators (AND, OR): (trust* OR distrust* OR mistrust* ) AND ( scien* ) in TITLE


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