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A “break” is a lay summary of a published scientific article. Its purpose is to make a (complicated) scientific finding accessible to a broader audience. Our readership consists of laypeople, as well as scientists from different areas of expertise. For this reason, a break should allow a non-expert reader to enjoy a fascinating scientific story that inspires them to ask questions and get to know more.


To be able to submit a break, authors must be scientists actively pursuing their research within an academic or non-profit research institution.
Submitted breaks can have maximum of 3 authors.
Writing a break is an effort and an exercise of science communication that must be actively undertaken by all the author(s), therefore, we strongly discourage any “honorary” authorship.
You may write a break whether or not you were an author in the original peer-reviewed journal paper.


We only publish original material that underwent our editorial process. The editorial board will thoroughly check submissions for plagiarism and flagged submissions will not be considered for publication. You cannot re-use press releases, blog posts, and any other previously published content for drafting your submission.


All break must adhere to the following format:

  • Your break must be based on research published in a peer reviewed journal.
  • Your break should fit into one of the following categories: Evolution & Behavior; Health & Physiology; Earth & Space; Maths, Physics & Chem; Microbiology; Neurobiology; Plant Biology; Psychology
  • You break should respect the following structure:
    Up to 400 characters (spaces included – that is, two-three sentences).
    Suggested image
    The image must be free from restrictive copyrights and/or from previous publications copyrights. If you cannot suggest an image, one can be suggested by the editor. Drawings, graphs, technical figures will not be considered for publication.
    Main text
    Maximum 750 words.


  1. FREE: Being a non-profit organization, we don’t apply any Article Processing Charges (APC). Also we don’t apply any marketing model to your published manuscript that is published under Creative Common License (see below).
  2. TRANSPARENT: The whole process of revision is transparent - the name of the review operations editor will be known to you since the beginning of the revision, allowing an open and interactive revision of your manuscript. The name of the review operations editor will be mentioned within your online publication.
  3. DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIER (DOI): Once your manuscript is published online, it receives its dedicated DOI (for more information on DOIs see https://www.doi.org/) that you can use to cite your publication. Furthermore, Altmetric tracks down the material published on TheScienceBreaker and you may, therefore, follow the interest fostered by your publication thanks to the Altmetric bookmarklet (learn how to use it here: https://www.altmetric.com/products/free-tools/bookmarklet/).
  4. OPEN ACCESS: Being TheScienceBreaker an Open Access publisher, your manuscript is published under the license Common Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).
  5. DIALOGUE: Every published manuscript harbors a DISQUS comment interface at the bottom of the page, which allows the debate/discussion concerning your break to take place. In order to build a constructive dialogue about the original scientific article described, you are invited to follow the fostered debate and contribute to the maximum extent possible.

Read more about the Writing Guidelines to draft your manuscript