Plain language summaries are a great way to provide people with an easier-to-understand explanation of your research. They are also an excellent way to share the findings of your study with the general public. However, many people struggle when they try and publish plain language summaries for their work. This blog post will discuss ways to avoid common pitfalls and successfully publish simple language summaries for your research!
Ways to avoid common pitfalls when publishing a plain-language summary:
1. Use the words of the participants, not yours
In some studies, researchers use their own words to explain what participants said in interviews or focus groups. For example, instead of saying, “the participants felt that people with schizophrenia should take more responsibility for managing their symptoms,” the researcher might say, “the participants believed that people with schizophrenia needed to take more responsibility for their symptoms.” Go Here for related Information.
This approach often leads to problems. When you rely on your interpretation of what the participant said, it can be unclear how you came up with this statement. It can also lead to confusion because the reader may disagree with your interpretation.
2. Avoid summarizing too much of the content
Plain language summaries effectively take findings from a research study and explain them simply to people who were not directly involved in the project. However, you do not need to include every single finding that came out of the study. You can be selective about which results from having by asking yourself some questions:
What were the most exciting or important findings?
Which of these findings are new and not well-known by the general public?
Which of these findings do not overlap with other studies that came before this one?
3. Maintain a balance between the technical details and the plain language summary.