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Winners of Access to Understanding 2015 announced

Published on 06 April 2015

The end of March saw the announcement of the winners of the annual Access to Understanding science writing competition, run by the British LibraryeLife and Europe PMC, which promotes wider understanding of biomedical research.

The competition challenges early career researchers to summarise selected scientific research articles in plain English, explaining why the research was done, what was done and why it is important.

The overall winner, postdoctoral researcher Philippa Matthews from the University of Oxford, was selected from over 300 applicants from around the world for her entry summarising research that investigated changing patterns of malaria risk in Africa.

Access to Understanding aims 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 niche audience, usually just other scientists, due to the use of highly technical language. The selected articles are put forward by charities and other funding bodies, including Arthritis Research UK.

The appetite for access to balanced, understandable summaries of scientific findings was demonstrated by the record-breaking number of votes for the People’s Choice award, which invited the public to vote for their favourite of the 12 shortlisted summaries. This year’s People’s Choice award went to Sabrina Talukdar.

Further details of the competition, and all the shortlisted entries, can be found at

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