Plain language summaries: new standards now available

Plain Language Expectations for Authors of Cochrane Summaries (PLEACS) is a special working group of the Cochrane Collaboration, comprised of consumers, methodologists, and editors. During the past year, this group has been developing a set of standard requirements for plain language summaries (PLS) of Cochrane Reviews. Once complete, the PLS standards will improve the quality and consistency of lay translations of Cochrane Reviews.

12 standards are now available from the working group: Standards for the reporting of Plain Language Summaries in new Cochrane Intervention Reviews

During the early part of 2013, the PLEACS working group will begin development of good-practice examples to aid authors and review groups in implementing the standards.