Plain Language Summaries Explained in Plain Language

AGU believes that Earth and space science research can address many scientific problems and societal issues in today’s world. However, in order to do so, we need to effectively communicate research findings and their relevance not only among the scientific community but also to broader audiences. Toward this goal, AGU launched an initiative in 2016 to give authors an opportunity to provide a Plain Language Summary (PLS) with their journal article.

In the five years since they were first introduced, PLS have become a key component in making research published in AGU journals more discoverable and accessible, with half of our journals now requiring them for newly submitted articles. Here we explain what a PLS is, offer some tips…

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