Plain-language summaries of research

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A growing number of research journals, scientific societies, medical charities and other organizations are publishing summaries of research papers and proposals that explain their content in plain language.

  1. Plain-language summaries: How to write an eLife digest

    March 15, 2017

    The eLife Features team explain the process used to produce eLife digests, and share some advice to help authors write plain-language summaries of their research.

  2. Plain-language summaries: Journals and other organizations that produce plain-language summaries

    March 15, 2017

    As part of our “Plain-language summaries of research” series, we have compiled a list of over 50 journals and other organizations that publish plain-language summaries of scientific research.

  3. Plain-language summaries: Results of the 2016 eLife digest reader survey

    March 15, 2017

    A survey of over 300 people reveals what our readers really think of eLife digests.

  4. Episode 37: March 2017

    In this episode we hear about helping people with paralysis to communicate, how exposing mice to nicotine can affect their sons, scaffold-building parasites, the origins of handedness and plain-language summaries of research.