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.