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28 November 2014

How to write a plain English summary

An introduction to the Access to Understanding web resource, which provides guidance on how to write a plain English summary.

The 2015 Access to Understanding science writing competition is now open for entries. The British Library, Europe PMC and eLife are challenging early career researchers to write a plain English summary of a recent biomedical research article.

If you are thinking of entering the competition then you might be interested in taking a look at the writing guidance on the Access to Understanding website.


This resource explains what a plain English summary is and gives top tips on how you can write a great one yourself. It also covers the reasons why plain English summaries are useful and provides links to further resources where you can find inspiration and learn more.

Some excellent prizes are on offer for this year's competition - the winner will receive an iPad and their entry published in eLife. The competition closes on 9th December so if you are looking for something to do this weekend then look no further! Find out more about the competition here.

Katie Howe


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