Access to Understanding

Access to understanding

Access to Understanding is a collaboration, led by the British Library, which unites individuals and organisations that want to promote wider understanding of biomedical research findings.

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Our mission is to bridge the gap between public access to biomedical research articles online, and the wider understanding of the findings described in those articles.

Although online, open access to current research is increasing, much of this information is only accessible to a specialised audience due to the use of highly technical language. Access to Understanding aims to make scientific knowledge truly accessible by championing clear, concise and balanced summaries of research findings making them understandable to non-specialists. We are doing this by:
  • Providing guidance for anyone who is planning to write about biomedical research for a non-specialist audience.
  • Encouraging scientists and public to get involved  through our science-writing competition and our People’s Choice Award.
  • Working with like-minded organisations and individuals who want to help us bridge the gap between access and understanding.

Find out more on the Access to Understanding website.

Competition

 

Our science-writing competition developed by the British Library, eLife and Europe PMC is now closed. Stay up-to-date with competition news by visiting the Access to Understanding website

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