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A plain language summary is an incredibly effective science communication tool that allows researchers to reach a wider audience by summarizing papers in terms that are accessible to people outside of a specific scientific circle. AGU offers authors the opportunity to, in addition to the typical abstract, write another abstract that is free of technical jargon and accessible to a broader audience. Writing plain language summaries have many benefits for authors—they’re good for sharing outside of scientific circles and can be helpful for fellow scientists who may not be in your field and are unfamiliar with your particular type of jargon. While creating a plain language summary from a technical abstract may seem link a daunting task, it can help to expand the reach of your science by putting it in the hands of new audiences in language that they understand.
Currently, all AGU journals provide the option for authors to submit a plain language summary with all manuscript submissions.
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