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

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)

Writing competition open for entries – win an iPad and article in eLife #A2UComp

And if you already have one you can always re-gift it (to me)!  This is a new science writing competition for researchers and I shall be one of the judges I am delighted to say. The 'Access to Understanding' writing competition for bioscience researchers has been launched by Europe PubMed Central and The British Library … Continue reading Writing competition open for entries – win an iPad and article in eLife #A2UComp

The public interest argument must extend beyond open access…here’s a sort of lay summary

Good Guardian blog yesterday giving a lay summary of the 'open access' debate vis a vis papers published in scientific journals.  There's also been a healthy exchange of letters in The Times this week but ironically that's behind their paywall.  However, at least The Times is available in all good newsagents at a reasonable price. Unsurprisingly, I … Continue reading The public interest argument must extend beyond open access…here’s a sort of lay summary

Stop press: the BMJ goes ironic on us while MRC Network steps up

I was alerted to this piece by the excellent MRC Policy Watch bulletin. Great, that looks interesting I thought - a BMJ article about how research papers could be made more readable and interesting. Opening up research to the masses is what I'm all about. Particularly when the strapline is so good: Why do scientists … Continue reading Stop press: the BMJ goes ironic on us while MRC Network steps up