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When an organisation (e.g., a university, charity, scientific society, healthcare provider or business) has signed up to this FREE service, people affiliated with this organisation (e.g., students) can team up with a qualified professional to upload video, audio, infographic and written lay summaries of peer-reviewed scientific research. Why not connect with experts who can help with content creation in our growing business directory?

By uploading content you can achieve awards and be eligible to win prizes, scholarships and grants (see T&Cs).

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 Check out our written Author guidance, Hacks to creating your high quality lay summary of a scientific article and videos below. This will explain everything you need to know – from picking the right peer reviewed publication and copyright licences to getting your lay summary draft vetted and published. Go here to upload your amazing lay summary content today!




      1. Choose a topic of interest and a relevant paper that you care about!
      2. Ensure the e-print is published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal and has one of the three specific Creative Commons (CC) licenses (CC0, CC-BY, or CC-BY-SA) that allow for commercial use….good news! smile Most articles will have a (post-print) e-print version that has the right CC license, if published in the UK after April 2022!
      3. If the e-print has a CC license that permits non-commercial use only or no CC license has been applied, obtain written confirmation from the copyright holder (e.g., journal, author, or affiliated organisation) granting permission for you to create and upload the lay summary. In this case, check if the e-print is subject to an embargo period, and make sure it has expired.
      4. Pick images, figures, or sounds/music used in your lay summary with appropriate CC licences applied.
      5. Create your lay summary using freeware outlined in our ‘Shooting Tips on Shoestring’ video and finally…
      6. Upload it to the platform following the ‘How to upload your lay summary in 3 easy steps’ video below.

For more detailed information about e-prints and find out where to look for the licenses that have been applied, watch the ‘What permissions do I need to upload my lay summary?’ video below.

Step by step: What do I need to do when I want to upload a lay summary to the Collaborative Library?

Hacks to creating your high quality lay summary of a scientific article!

How to upload your lay summary in 3 easy steps!

Vetting professionals: How to vet and publish a lay summary

How does a scientific lay summary website help with diversity and inclusivity?

The Collaborative Library’s Glossary and Jargon Buster

What permissions do I need to upload my lay summary?

How to create an infographic lay summary of a scientific article

10 Quickfire things to avoid when creating your lay summary

How creative commons licenses revolutionise the way we can make science accessible with lay summaries

Top Tips for making your Lay summary 5 star and viral!

Clinical trial lay summaries: 10 essential tips

Shooting tips on a shoestring


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What is The Collaborative Library and how does it work? The Collaborative Library is a community-driven platform that provides lay summaries of research articles. The goal is to make scientific knowledge more accessible and engaging to everyone, regardless of their level of expertise. Users can create an account, browse existing lay summaries, and agreed users contribute their own summaries of research articles.

Who can contribute to The Collaborative Library? Anyone can contribute to The Collaborative Library. The platform is open to researchers, clinicians, service-users, and anyone else interested in science and making it more accessible to the wider community.

Can anyone access the lay summaries on The Collaborative Library, or is it only for members? All of the lay summaries on The Collaborative Library are accessible to anyone who visits the website. You do not need to create an account to read the summaries.

How are the lay summaries on The Collaborative Library created? Lay summaries on The Collaborative Library are created by users of the platform who are affiliated members of participating organisation. The process typically involves reading a version of a peer-reviewed research article with the appropriate Creative Commons licence, condensing the information into simpler terms, and focusing on the key takeaways of the study.

Are the lay summaries on The Collaborative Library peer-reviewed? The lay summaries on The Collaborative Library are not peer-reviewed. However, the platform does require agreed Non-professional members of agreed organisations to have their content vetted by and in collaboration with a Professional Contributor. This can be a Professional Contributor from any other participating organisation. It also allows for all users to comment, like, suggest edits and provide feedback on existing summaries to ensure that they are accurate and accessible. However, only agreed contributors can ‘Request a review’ of lay summary content.

What types of research articles are included on The Collaborative Library? The Collaborative Library includes a wide range of research articles, from clinical studies to basic scientific research. The platform aims to cover as many topics as possible, and encourages users to contribute summaries of articles that they find interesting or important to share with the world.

How can I search for specific research articles on The Collaborative Library? The Collaborative Library has a search function that allows users to search for articles by lay and expert keywords, author(s), title or information from the original article, including the Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Users can also browse articles by topic area or search for articles that are most popular or most recent.

Can I provide feedback or suggest edits to existing lay summaries on The Collaborative Library? Yes, all users can suggest edits and provide feedback on existing lay summaries in the comments below the content. Authors should try to take all feedback into account. However, authors will only be required to change their content if a ‘Request a Review’ is submitted by a Professional- and Non-Professional Contributor, which should include some clear points about what could be changed to improve the summary. The lay summary will not be visible to users when under review and only re-appear once both parties are satisfied that suggestions for feedback have been addressed. This is an important aspect of the platform, as it allows for ongoing refinement and improvement of the summaries.

Is there a limit to how many lay summaries I can contribute to The Collaborative Library? There is no limit to the number of lay summaries that users can contribute to The Collaborative Library and contributors can achieve awards for this. However, the platform does encourage users to focus on quality over quantity, and to ensure that the summaries are accurate and accessible.

How can I get involved with The Collaborative Library community beyond contributing lay summaries? There are many ways to get involved with The Collaborative Library community. Users can suggest new features or improvements to the platform, engage in discussions about scientific topics, or provide feedback on existing summaries. The platform has a social media presence, which users can follow to stay up-to-date on the latest news and updates. All users can contact the team to ask about participating in the platform’s growing and diverse Working Group to guide the development of the platform in the future.

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