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Want to win an iPad and show-off your science writing skills?

Ph.D. students and early-career scientists (< 6 years post-Ph.D.) can enter an international science writing competitionAccess to Understanding, run by Europe PubMed Central. The winning entry will  published in the new open-access journal, eLife (launching next week) with the writer winning an iPad.

In particular, I’d like to see students from outside Europe give those in Europe a run for their money!

You’re to select one from a list of nine papers from Europe PubMed Central—all open-access, naturally—and, using no more than 800 words (including title), ‘explain the research and why it matters to a non-scientific audience. ’

There will be an award ceremony in London. There is no travelling costs to attend this, but as attending the awards ceremony is not a prerequisite to entering go right ahead and enter.

The runner-up is to win an iPad-mini and the 3rd prize is a £100 Amazon voucher. At the judges’ discretion these entries may also be published in eLife.

As always, take note of the judging criteria. The competition web page offer tips on science writing (PDF file). You might also want to look at the extra resources at the end of the competition’s science writing tips and a post on using Nature editor Noah Gray’s breakdown of scientific paper abstracts as a list of some things to include in writing about science.


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