How to write a lay summary

About this video

Journal articles are written with researchers in mind, so the content isn’t always easy to follow for people outside academia…or even that field of study! That is where lay summaries, or lay abstracts as they are sometimes called, play a helpful role. They also have another advantage; a lay summary can be a great tool to help you promote your work. 

In this webinar, we look at what a lay summary is and why you, the author, are best placed to explain your novel results. We also offer writing tips covering everything from the ideal structure and length for your lay summary, through to the language you should use. And, we explore what you can do with your finished document, not only to help increase the visibility of your work, but to secure further funding.  

You’ll come away with the skills you need to create a compelling lay summary and an understanding of how it can help you grow your network and career. 

About the presenters

Daniel Stammler

Executive Publisher in Health & Medical Sciences, STM Journal Publishing, Elsevier

Dr. Daniel Staemmler works in Elsevier’s Berlin office. After finishing his Ph.D. researching cognitive styles and interactive online learning environments at the University of Hamburg, Daniel moved to San Francisco, California USA. He worked for Shanti's L.I.F.E. Institute (Learning Immune Function Enhancement) as their Manager of Research and Internet Services. On returning to Germany, Daniel worked for Bertelsmann AG at their educational start-up scoyo, an online learning platform for school children. Followed by positions at the German Institute of Continuing Education for Technologists and Analysts in Medicine (DIW-MTA e.V.) and Quadriga University of Applied Sciences, before joining Elsevier in 2015.

Dr. Elaine T. Kiriakopoulos

National Director of Health Communications and Engagement, Epilepsy Foundation

Dr. Kiriakopoulos is a graduate of McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Canada and completed her Master of Science degree in Anatomy at the University of Western Ontario. She began her post graduate medical training at the University of Toronto, then travelled to Boston where she finished a Research Fellowship in Transcranial Magnetic Brain Stimulation at Harvard University. After some time working as Harvard Medical Faculty Physician, she transitioned to nonprofit sector in 2016 and joined Epilepsy Foundation since then.