Plain language guide


Accessibility starts with our words. Research can be so full of jargon that it prevents many audiences that we care about from truly engaging with the work.


Everyone should ‘get’ your work! Especially in a patient-oriented research environment, promoting shared understanding in scientific and non-scientific audiences is part of working together successfully.


However, we know writing in plain language can be hard when you work in a field immersed with jargon; and it can be hard for non-scientifically trained patient partners to know where to start with a scientific summary.


This is why we created this guide, to help patient-oriented research teams approach their plain language summary.


The plain language guide:

  • Provides users with a brief overview of what plain language is; and
  • Supports research teams to craft their own plain language summary.


This interactive practical guide to plain language walks you through the process in plain language, providing tools, resources, and best practices to shape more clear, concise and accessible writing. Using this Plain Language Guide should prepare you with a summary ready to share with the world!


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The plain language guide was developed by Katie Verigin, Justin Otteson, and Amber Hui for the BC SUPPORT Unit.