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Plain-language Summaries of Research: Something for everyone

  1. Sarah Shailes  Is a corresponding author
  1. eLife, United Kingdom
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Cite this article as: eLife 2017;6:e25411 doi: 10.7554/eLife.25411
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A selection of journals, societies and other organizations that produce plain-language summaries of scientific research.

OrganizationTypeName of plain-language summariesLengthNumber of imagesNumber published per month/year
American Astronomy Society (aasnova.org)Scientific SocietyHighlights350–500 words1 image, plus 1–3 figures from article~12/month
Journals DigestsOne sentenceNone~20/month
Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (promotions.bmj.com/ardsummaries/)JournalPatient summaries500–1,000 wordsNone at present~3/month
Astrobites (astrobites.org)Student-led organizationN/A600–800 words1-2~20/month
Autism (journals.sagepub.com/home/aut)JournalLay abstracts250 words max.None~80/year
British Psychological Society (digest.bps.org.uk)Scientific SocietyN/AVariable, generally around 500–700 words1~20/month
Cochrane (cochranelibrary.com)Network of researchersPlain-language summaries400–700 wordsUsually noneVariable; published 485 in 2015.
eLife (elifesciences.org)JournaleLife digests200–400 wordsNone50–60/month
Frontiers for Young Minds (kids.frontiersin.org)JournalN/A2,000 words max.VariableVariable; published over 100 articles since launch in 2013.
Functional Ecology (functionalecology.org)JournalLay summaries250–350 words1 photograph~160 articles in 2016
PLOS Medicine (journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/)JournalAuthor summaries6–9 single sentence bullet pointsNone14/month
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (pnas.org)JournalSignificance Statements~120 wordsNone~3000/year

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