Getting research results should be blinkin’ easy for patients. Survey launched by @HRA_Latest

You don't have to worry about blinking and missing something in UK research if you are a patient. No. You could probably have a metaphorical afternoon nap. Or whole night's sleep. Perhaps even frozen cyrogenically for a few years. And still be waiting for some things to happen that are in yours and mine interest.... Continue Reading →

Monday musing: Is ‘likeness’ or ‘character’ more important when writing a lay summary in research? #sciencecommunication

Last week I was sent a research application to look at. The proposal was complex. I read the lay summary once. I read it twice. In fact, I read it three times. I was still none the wiser. I realised that all the jargon, terminology, clauses and sub-clauses in the scientific overview had been condensed into... Continue Reading →

EU issues draft guidelines on providing clinical trial results so you and I can understand them #clinicaltrials

You probably don't need to hear another thing about the EU, do you? (By the way what a terrible EU referendum campaign it is - have you ever heard such hyperb******s from our politicians?) But this really is a good thing. Following the passage of the new EU Clinical Trials Regulation, the European Commission has started... Continue Reading →

NIHR makes plain English summaries a requirement of funding via @NIHRINVOLVE

Plain and simply good news from a citizen point of view. With thanks to INVOLVE and NIHR colleagues for making this happen, Plain English summaries in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded research. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is committed to making sure that each research study it funds has a clear... Continue Reading →

Vote in the People’s Choice Award for best plain English summary of a science paper #A2Ucomp

I am delighted to announce that, as part of the Europe PubMed Central/British Library Access to Understanding competition, we are asking the public to vote in a People's Choice award for the best summary of a scientific paper written for a public audience. The 10 best summaries out of a field of hundreds has already been selected by myself... Continue Reading →

Pens and PCs to the ready: 2014 Access to Understanding science writing competition is launched

One of my highlights of last year was judging the 'Access to Understanding' science writing competition.  And I didn't event win it! Well, the good news is that it's happening again and the 2014 competition was launched this morning.  The less good news perhaps - from the point of view of entrants anyway - is... Continue Reading →

Roll-up, roll-up, for the British Library ‘Access to Understanding’ awards event

Next week sees the awards ceremony for the first ever Access to Understanding Europe PMC science-writing competition. You can still get tickets for the awards event  here  which will take place at the British Library on Monday 11th March from 6.30 to 8.30pm. At the event, there will be a few words from each of the judging panel,... Continue Reading →

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