What is it about?
Writing Plain Language Summaries (PLS) is a way to communicate scientific evidence to non-experts. Since the concept is relatively new, there are different ideas of how PLS should be written and what the purpose of writing a PLS is. We have reviewed all articles that study or discuss PLSs as well as PLS guidelines until 2021. This paper provides a summary of our review and proposes a conceptual framework to contextualize PLS research and PLS guidelines.
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Why is it important?
Our findings show that many people and organizations recognize the importance of PLSs. At the same time, we were able to show that there is a lack of studies that investigate whether PLSs actually make a difference to readers. Our conceptual framework provides support for PLS researchers and PLS guideline developers, to support and develop high-quality science communication.
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This page is a summary of: Plain language summaries: A systematic review of theory, guidelines and empirical research, PLoS ONE, June 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0268789.
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