Future Science Group released the new addition of plain language summaries (PLS) to their platform in 2020. The PLS allows writers to break down scientific level publications or technical journal articles into easily interpreted content. The translation of studies for non-specialists promotes open communication and the dispersing of knowledge to all audiences.
Plain language summaries review expert level findings and insights and interpret them into terminology for non expert readers. This facilitates standalone publications for all audiences and increases engagement between practitioners and patients. As a result, patients can feel more comfortable and empowered to understand highly scientific concepts though a non-scientific lens. The plain language summary therefore dismantles previous communication barriers prevalent in the scientific research field.
Future Science Group offers many tips to clinicians and researchers to start their publications of PLS. First, prospective authors should identify their target audience and journals or articles that the audience would benefit from. Next, they should receive permission from the original journal author to republish the information into a non-scientific format.
Although FSG prefers for the original author to create the PLS due to their in depth knowledge of the subject they are also open to new authors with permission. FSG also provides writing help and guidelines for prospective authors to assist in creating easy to read content. Once complete, the author submits a final revision of the PLS that reflects the original content in a way that a lay person can understand. Future Science Group will publish the PLS as an open-access resource available for free to all audiences.
FSG aims to provide a platform for professional communities to collaborate and share information using plain language summaries to communicate scientific developments in easy to understand language.