You are here

Sage online ordering services will be unavailable due to system maintenance on June 10th between 4 pm and 10 pm UK time If you need assistance, please contact Sage at Thank you for your patience and we apologise for the inconvenience.

Plain Language Summaries

In recent years, there have been calls to make scholarly articles more accessible to non-specialist audiences. Research has always helped shape the public realm, empowering people across all sectors of society to make informed decisions. Academic or topic-specific jargon can hinder the general understanding and impact of such publications, which is where Plain Language Summaries (PLS) or Plain Language Summaries of Publications (PLS-P) can be very helpful.

Plain Language Summaries (PLS) are extensions to the academic abstract of a scholarly article. They provide a clear summary of the article using non-technical language, making it accessible to a wider network of readers.

Plain Language Summaries of Publications (PLS-Ps) are full, standalone, peer-reviewed articles summarising a previously published article in approachable, non-technical language.
If you are interested in submitting a PLS-P, please get in touch with Hamish McDougall ( for more information.

Plain Language Summary Landing page image