Jennifer Raff – ”Scientist, fighter, reader. In pursuit of the extraordinary.” (and blogger, we must add) – recently wrote a blog post with the title How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists.
Although I think she has a brilliant mind and thatthe initiative is very valuable, my own opinion is that her method is way too thorough and difficult for the targetgroup, i.e. laymen. Take step 3, for example: ”Summarize the background in five sentences or less”. How should a layman be able to do that? And five sentences is not really a concise summary in my eyes.
As a whole, I think that her purpose deserves a lot of credit but also that she has a very idealistic view of the behaviour of knowledge seekers outside of science (where I spend most of my time). Anyway, I am glad that she wrote the article and it inspired me to think of a simplified version, aimed at journalists.
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