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Plain English summary

Plain English summary

In addition to a Scientific summary of your report you are also asked to provide a plain English summary of no more than 300 words so that your work can be accessed and understood by any reader including members of the general public. In providing this, please note the following:

  • A plain English summary is in keeping with the NIHR Journals Library’s commitment to accessibility.
  • Follow the same principles and procedures as in writing the plain English summary that accompanied your funding submission.
  • If possible involve a public member of your research team to ensure the language is appropriate for non-academics. We strongly recommend that PPI representatives on research teams are asked to write or review plain English summaries.
  • Do not cut and paste sentences and phrases from the scientific summary; a plain English summary needs to be written afresh.
  • As an example of excellence in this field, please see reports in The Cochrane Library, which have a ‘plain language summary’ in addition to the Abstract, for which the Cochrane Library won an award in 2012.

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