Accessing “jargon-lite” summaries of new research findings

As an effort to make science more accessible to stakeholders, policymakers, journalists, and the public, some peer-reviewed science journals have started to encourage short sections that translate the jargon. While field-specific jargon is necessary for scientists to communicate complex processes and topics to one another, it also prevents findings from being as readily understood and meaningful to those not specifically in the field.

Here, with the help other academics and researchers (listed beneath the table), I have compiled a list of peer-reviewed journals that encourage/allow authors to include straightforward and “jargon-lite” summaries. 

I plan to update this as needed until June 2019 and monthly thereafter. Acronyms used within the table are defined beneath it. If you have any questions about this list, please DM me on Twitter @EllenStuHae.


 

Journal Title* Category**    Jargon-Lite Summary Designation Open Access***
Earth’s Future (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary Yes – APC
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary No
Geohealth (AGU) EAS; HS Plain Language Summary Yes – APC
Geophysical Research Letters (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary No
Global Biogeochemical Cycles (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary No
Earth and Space Science (AGU) EAS; SpS Plain Language Summary Yes – APC
Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary (example) No
Radio Science (AGU) EAS; SpS Plain Language Summary No
Space Weather (AGU) SpS Plain Language Summary No
Water Resources Research (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary (example) No
Tectonics (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary No
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary No
Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets (AGU) SpS Plain Language Summary (example) No
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary No
Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary No
Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics (AGU) SpS Plain Language Summary No
Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary No
Reviews of Geophysics (AGU) EAS Plain Language Summary No
AGU Advances (AGU) EAS Yes – APC
Journal of Forestry (SAF) EAS; EP; SBS Policy and Management Implications No
Forest Science (SAF) EAS Policy and Management Implications No
Environmental Chemistry (CSIRO) EAS Environmental Context No
Biogeosciences (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
SOIL (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Climate of the Past (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
The Cryosphere (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Earth Surface Dynamics (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Earth System Dynamics (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Annales Geophysicae (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Geoscience Communication (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Geoscientific Model Development (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Ocean Science (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Solid Earth (EGU) EAS Short Summary Yes – APC
Advances in Geoscience (EGU) EAS Short Summary No
Functional Ecology (BES) EAS Plain Language Summary No
People and Nature (BES) EAS Yes – APC
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) EAS; EN; HM; EP; SBS Significance Yes (within 6 months of publication)
Wind Energy Science (EAWE) EN Short Summary Yes – APC
Bulletin of American Meteorological (AMS) EAS *Beginning in January 2020 Yes – APC
Efficacy and Mechanism Evaluation (NIHR) HM; EP Plain English Summary Yes – APC
Health Services and Delivery Research (NIHR) HM; EP; SBS Plain English Summary Yes – APC
Health Technology Assessment (NIHR) HM; EP Plain English Summary Yes – APC
Programme Grants for Applied Research (NIHR) HM; EP; SBS Plain English Summary Yes – APC
Public Health Research (NIHR) HM; EP; SBS Plain English Summary Yes – APC
Plants, People, Planet (New Phytologist Trust) EAS; EP; HM; SBS Societal Impact Statement (example) Yes – APC
Journal of Hepatology (EASL) HM Lay Summary No
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports (Elsevier) SBS Lay Summary No
Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports (Elsevier) HM; SBS Lay Summary Yes – APC

*Science Societies and/or Organizations:
AGU – American Geophysical Union
AMS – American Meteorological Society
BES – British Ecological Society
CSIRO – Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
EAWE – European Academy of Wind Energy
EGU – European Geosciences Union
->Description of each EGU journal can be found here
NIHR – National Institute for Healthy Research
SAF – Society of American Foresters

**Categories:
EAS – Earth & Atmospheric Science
SpS – Space Science
EN – Energy
HM – Health & Medicine
EP – Economics & Policy
SBS – Social & Behavioral Science

***Open Access – no paywall charge for readers
APC – Article Processing Charge (author(s) or their funder(s) pay publication charges; explained in depth here)

List compiled by:  Ellen Stuart-Haëntjens, Joe Morina, Ghadeer Bukhari, Kanani Lee, Sara Goeking, Catherine Preece, Alberto Alberello, Jessica Tomaszewski, Wendy Abshire, Joyce Clemente