Creators FAQ

Do I need to be a scientist and have a PhD to be a content creator on Science Says?

While most Science Says creators are scientists, anyone can join us as a content creator. You need to understand the scientific content you’re writing about well enough to communicate it in plain English. As Einstein said, ‘If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.’

How do you get a YouTube embed code?

  1. On a computer, go to the YouTube video or playlist that you want to embed.
  2. Click SHARE Share.
  3. From the list of Share options, click Embed.
  4. From the box that appears, copy the HTML code.
  5. Paste the code into your research insight.

We recommend making your videos private and allowing people with the link only to view them (so it’s exclusive to your subscribers). You can also restrict embedding and allow Science Says to embed your videos only to prevent anyone else from sharing the video on their website.

You might want to think about these restrictions at a later stage once you get paid subscribers and use these videos as your marketing tool to promote your content page.

Can I publish content in a language other than English?

For now, English is the only language on Science Says.

Do I need to be based in a specific country to join Science Says?

No, you can be based anywhere in the world to be part of Science Says.

Can I write about scientific research if it was not published, but IP protects it?

You can use IP documents as a reference for research insights.

Can I create a page for free?

Yes, it’s free to create your page.

Can I publish research insights and make them freely available?

You can publish research insights for free. Most creators publish a few insights for free to give their potential audience a preview of the kind of content they’re producing.

I haven’t been a content creator before. Can I start now on Science Says?

Absolutely! It is not as hard as you think. Almost everyone posts on social media, and creating on Science Says is as easy as posting on Twitter or Linkedin. We have created a whole library of useful tips for how to become a successful science communication creator.

Can I become a creator to promote my company on Science Says?

We’re focused on helping individuals become successful science communicators on topics that they are passionate about. Accounts created to promote a company and/or its services are subject to closure.

How do I earn money on Science Says?

People subscribe to your page to get access to your research insights and other benefits that you offer. You keep 80% of revenue from subscriptions, Science Says keep 15%, and 5% is paid to third parties for processing fees.

So becoming a creator is like running a business?

That’s right. As a creator on Science Says, you provide a service to your subscribers by telling them what science says on a particular topic of interest in plain English. You can design your subscription and promote your content to become a superstar.

Do I pay anything for using Science Says?

You pay nothing to become a Science Says, content creator. We deduct our 15% commission only when you start earning money.

Do I need to pay tax from my earnings on Science Says?

Yes, you do need to pay tax from your earnings. You need to check with your local tax authorities and, depending on your taxpayer status in your respective country, how much you need to deduct from your earnings for tax.

Do I need permission from my employer to become a content creator on Science Says?

This depends on the contract you have with your employer, but there are no problems in most cases.

Can I monetise content created by others?

You must have the right to use the content that you post. To be clear, though, writing research insights based on research articles published by authors other than yourself is completely fine and encouraged. In that case, the service you are charging for is communicating the research in the original source in an accessible manner.

Can I share research papers as content on my page?

No, Science Says is a place for science communication. We explain the science and what it means to the general public. It’s important to use plain English and avoid technical jargon, so it’s understandable for non-experts.

What are Research Insights? Is it a format or type of content?

Research Insights are facts and findings from scientific research. Your subscribers will get hooked on the research insights that you post regularly. It’ll become a habit to post a research insight when you learn it. Make sure you write the insight with your target audience in mind, which often means in plain English avoiding technical jargon where possible. Include a citation to original work as supporting evidence. Research Insights can have different formats—short texts, videos, podcasts, illustrations and others.

Tip: Post frequently and experiment with formats to find the ones right for you (e.g. 100-word post, 15-second video, infographic).

What is a Private Forum?

Private Q&A forum for your subscribers and you. You’ll develop more meaningful connections with your subscribers with this direct connection to them. It’s a great way to learn more about what interests them, get their feedback and feel their love!

Tip: Reply to questions within a reasonable time period and set subscriber expectations if you’ll be late to reply (e.g. another commitment comes up).

What is a Live Stream?

Private Q&A live stream video for your subscribers and you (one hour per month). There’s nothing like that direct video connection to turn a monthly subscriber into a life-long fan. You may want to present on a topic, take Q&As, run a tutorial or have a free form discussion. This is your space, you decide.

Tip: Build up excitement for these events by running them regularly each month and promoting them to your networks in advance.

Subscriber FAQ

How can we trust the quality of content being posted in Science Says?

All research insights require citations to scientific research backing them up. If you find an insight that doesn’t look right, report it, and we’ll investigate.

Is Science Says only dedicated to Food Science?

Currently, our content creators write predominantly about Food Science, but we will be expanding to other scientific domains in the future.

If you have any other questions, please email us at support@thesciencesays.com