An Invitation to Write a Public Research Digest

Earlier this year we established Brain & Life to share research findings with the average person. Its slogan is: “Brain Science for a Better Life.” To date, more than 20 scientists have agreed to contribute a research digest of their own or other’s findings. Many of these findings have been published in journals such as Neuron, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Journal of Neuroscience, Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Biological Psychiatry.

What should your research digest look like

Imagine our readers are laypeople, those without any scientific training. The objective of your research digest is to translate the scientific research into an easy-to-understand language that will help them in their everyday life. To some extent, the research digest may look like Nature News & Views, or may be as comprehensive as popular science articles like those published on PsychologyToday or Psych Central. You can also check examples that have been published on

Your research digest can be based on a single study or multiple studies. The text is typically within 1,000 words, and one figure/table is allowed. After you submit the research digest, we will read it and give you feedback (if any).

Your research digest will be available on within a few weeks of acceptance. Meanwhile, at the end of the year, all published research digests will be included in our yearly book Brain & Life, for FREE without any processing fee. In other words, your research digest can be cited in the form of a book chapter.

If you are interested in contributing such a research digest, please do not hesitate to email us at