Reproduction and Fertility Prizes

 

RAF prizes

 

We believe that science works best when research is open. In addition to being open access, Reproduction and Fertility is incentivising ways of broadening readership beyond academia. Reproduction and Fertility is offering a prize to authors who include an exceptional Lay summary or a Graphical abstract in their published works. Lay summaries and Graphical abstracts help make research accessible to science journalists, policy-makers, scientists in other research areas, and the public, allowing the work to have a wider and greater impact.

Learn more about previous prize winners and how to submit to the Reproduction and Fertility Lay Summary Prize and Graphical Abstract Prize:

 

Lay Summary

 

About the prize: Lay Summaries are a great opportunity to share your perspective on the wider impact of your work, and, given that Reproduction and Fertility is open access, they also offer the opportunity to broaden the readership of articles to policy-makers, science journalists, scientists outside of the immediate research area, and the public by making their work accessible to these audiences.

Previous Winners:
Pathophysiology and management of classic galactosemic primary ovarian insufficiency
Synneva Hagen-Lillevik et al.

Lay summary
Patients with the condition of classic galactosemia need to maintain a strict lifelong diet that excludes the sugar galactose. This is due to having mutations in enzymes that process galactose, resulting in the buildup of toxic metabolic by-products of the sugar. Young women with classic galactosemia often lose the function of their ovaries very early in life (termed 'primary ovarian insufficiency'), despite adherence to a galactose-restricted diet. This means that in addition to the consequences of the disease, these women also face infertility and the potential need for hormone replacement therapy. This article summarizes current strategies for managing the care of galactosemic girls and women and also what is known of how the condition leads to early primary ovarian insufficiency.

 

Graphical Abstract

 

About the prize: Graphical abstracts can easily be shared and aims to increase the visibility of the work published in Reproduction and Fertility. They allow readers to quickly grasp the take-home message of the publication and rapidly identify papers that are relevant reading for their studies/research. Research has shown that graphical abstracts mean an article is shared more on social media, has increased usage and altmetric figures.

Previous Winners:
In vitro development of mechanically and enzymatically isolated cat ovarian follicles
Jennifer B Nagashima, Andrea M Hill, and Nucharin Songsasen

 

RAF Graphical Abstract