Everyone has an ‘academic’ paper in them so get writing! Call to action. #publicinvolvement @BioMedCentral

'Research Involvement and Engagement' - the first academic journal in the world dedicated to public involvement and engagement in research - just marked its second birthday. HAPPI BIRTHDAY! (I hope you saw what I did there). Under the auspices of the publishing house, BioMed Central, 'Research Involvement and Engagement' has proved quite a success story. … Continue reading Everyone has an ‘academic’ paper in them so get writing! Call to action. #publicinvolvement @BioMedCentral

Getting a GRIPP2 on public involvement reporting in research papers

More often than not, public involvement in research is poorly reported when it comes to the results of studies being written-up in academic papers.   That means we - the public, researchers, clinicians and all others involved in doing research - are missing out on the cumulative knowledge and experience of others on 'why,' 'how' … Continue reading Getting a GRIPP2 on public involvement reporting in research papers

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

Blog: Why the NIHR Journals Library is important from a patient perspective

NIHR Journals Library Launch 20th June 2013 As promised here's my speaking notes from the launch of the NIHR Journals Library today.  Good to see the Minister, Earl Howe, there (I tweeted his remarks earlier) plus the CMO, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Trish Edwards, Asst Editor from the BMJ etc., Public involvement in UK health research … Continue reading Blog: Why the NIHR Journals Library is important from a patient perspective

NIHR Friday: CLAHRCs Selection Panel announced plus NIHR Journals Library opens

I was just going to tweet this but since it is in a downloadable pdf and not actually on the face of NIHR's website, I thought it would be helpful to post it - the membership of the Collaboration in Leadership for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Selection Panel: Professor Huw Davies (Chair) Co-Head of … Continue reading NIHR Friday: CLAHRCs Selection Panel announced plus NIHR Journals Library opens

The lay summary is dead, long live the lay summary (#A2UComp)

'They can't write for toffee.' 'They' being scientists of course. But like most generalisations, this statement is utter tosh. You only had to be at the 'Access to Understanding' awards (#A2UComp) at the British Library on Monday night to realise that. The lay summaries that I and my fellow judges had been asked to review … Continue reading The lay summary is dead, long live the lay summary (#A2UComp)