Recently, Japanese researchers have begun engaging in academic crowdfunding more regularly. Academic crowdfunding may facilitate public engagement in science. However, the process of academic crowdfunding in Japan has not been well examined. In this study, we investigated how Japanese researchers approached the general public for financial support using academic crowdfunding. We found that 80% of the Japanese researchers surveyed considered that conveying the interest of the research was most important when calling for financial support from the general public. However, their main motivation was to obtain research funding, suggesting that the researchers viewed academic crowdfunding as a new form of fundraising. Some researchers valued the positive effect of academic crowdfunding as a form of public relations to convey information from researchers to the general public. This research suggests that Japanese researchers tend to regard academic crowdfunding as a tool for one-way science communication and a new tool for fundraising.
Yuko Ikkatai, Euan McKay and Hiromi M. Yokoyama, “How Do Researchers Engage in Academic Crowdfunding in Japan?” Japanese Journal of Science Communication 24 (2018).（一方井祐子、マッカイ・ユアン、横山広美「日本の研究者たちは何を重視してクラウドファンディングへの支援を呼びかけたか : 第4のファンディングの可能性」科学技術コミュニケーション24号 2018年）doi:10.14943/86614