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PLS Jargon Free Research

Increasing awareness, quality, and discoverability.

Plain Language Summaries (PLS) communicate the significance of scientific research in jargon-free and clear language. They can describe clinical trials and other original research, review articles, case reports, and congress abstracts, among other scientific publications.

PLS have enabled readers, from patients, caregivers, and policy makers, to decision-makers and non-specialist healthcare professionals, to capture the content quickly and bookmark the paper for reading which has increased views, access to the article, and its associated metrics.

By helping the public to understand biomedical research, researchers like yourself can contribute to raising awareness of its value and attracting further public support, engagement, and involvement.

Expand your professional network and enhance your reputation with PLS today.

We Invite You To Read A Selection Of Our Published PLS Articles

Article Journal Author
An update on generalized pustular psoriasis Expert Review of Clinical Immunology M. Gooderham et al
Vaccine confidence: the keys to restoring trust Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics R. Adegbola et al
A brief guide to pustular psoriasis for primary care providers Postgraduate Medicine J. Crowley et al
A systematic review of the burden of pertussis disease in infants and the effectiveness of maternal immunization against pertussis Expert Review of Vaccines E. Bunge et al
Understanding the pathophysiologic pathways that underlie obesity and options for treatment Expert Review of Endocrinology & Metabolism R. Kumar et al
Clinical and economic burden of obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in the United States Journal of Medical Economics D. Cohen et al
Asthma and COPD medicines prescription-claims: A time-series analysis of England’s national prescriptions during the COVID-19 pandemic (Jan 2019 to Oct 2020) Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine R. Barrett et al
UK Medical Cannabis registry: an analysis of clinical outcomes of medicinal cannabis therapy for chronic pain conditions Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology M. Ergisi et al
All-cause mortality rates in adults with carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacterial infections: a comprehensive review of pathogen-focused, prospective, randomized, interventional clinical studies Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy T. Lodise et al
Direct cost and healthcare resource utilization of patients with migraine before treatment initiation with calcitonin gene-related peptide monoclonal antibodies by the number of prior preventive migraine medication classes Current Medical Research & Opinion S. Foster et al

To view Taylor & Francis’ full list of published Plain Language Summaries please click here.

Ready To Submit Your Own PLS?

Begin your journey of your article being accompanied by a PLS.

The PLS should be 250 words or less, written in plain English, and placed after the Abstract and before the Introduction, with its own heading (“Plain Language Summary”). For all technical specifications, read our PLS Guidelines for Authors.

For further information on how to write about biomedical and health research in plain English, please read the INVOLVE Plain English Summaries resource from the National Institute for Health Research.

Once your PLS is complete (or during the writing process), ask someone who doesn’t have any knowledge of the subject to read the PLS and provide feedback. They should find it interesting and be able to understand the study, its conclusions, and the potential impact of the research.

Take a look at a plain language summary published in Postgraduate Medicine on the article page on Taylor & Francis Online, and indexed on PubMed.

Already Published Your Article?

It may not be too late to add a PLS. This option is available for one year following article date of publication and incurs a processing fee of $1200/€1000/£850. Where possible, the PLS will be peer reviewed by the manuscript’s original reviewers. After acceptance for publication, the PLS is available alongside the manuscript’s abstract on the article hosting page. We will also add it to the HTML version of the article as a minor correction, and the correction notice will state that a PLS has been added to the article. However, it won’t be added to the typeset article (PDF version) or indexed on PubMed.

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