This guidance is for anyone who is planning to write about biomedical or health research for a non-specialist audience. It is particularly intended to help scientists who are used to writing for their peers to reach a wider audience including the general public.

Our guidance focuses on writing plain-English summaries of scientific research articles, not journalism or promotional writing. However, we hope it will help you craft well-written pieces that engage your audience, whatever your purposes.

Each section includes viewpoints from a range of people interested in wider understanding of biomedical research.

We intend to update this guidance based on your feedback. Please contact us and let us know what you think is useful, and what you think can be improved.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

You are free to share, copy, and redistribute this guidance, and adapt it to your own needs. All we ask is that you mention (cite) where you got the information from. To attribute (credit us) in your re-use of the content of this guidance, please cite as:

‘Writing about biomedical and health research in plain English. A guide for authors’, Access to Understanding Collaboration, 2014

You may also wish to cite the version. This version of the guidance is VERSION 1. Last revised November 2014.

With thanks to those who provided written and editorial input: Katie Howe, Anna Kinsey, Allan Sudlow, Rebecca Withers.