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Below is a list of journals and other scientific organizations that publish plain-language summaries of scientific research. If you know of any other organizations that aren't listed please contact us at: features@elifesciences.org
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OrganisationTypeURLName (if applicable) If journal, all papers?Where are they displayed?Who writes the summaries?Who edits them?Start Date
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ACS Chemical NeuroscienceJournalhttp://pubs.acs.orgLay summaryYesUsed for pressAuthors
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ACS Combinatorial ScienceJournalhttp://pubs.acs.orgLay summaryYesUsed for pressAuthors
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ACS Infectious DiseasesJournalhttp://pubs.acs.orgLay summaryYesUsed for pressAuthors
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ACS Medicinal Chemistry LettersJournalhttp://pubs.acs.orgLay summaryYesUsed for pressAuthors
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American Astronomy SocietyScientific Societyaasnova.org
Highlights, Journals Digests
AAS Nova EditorAAS Nova Editor
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Annals of BotanyJournalhttps://aobblog.comAnnals of Botany BlogNo, but includes papers published in other journalsBlogVolunteersAOB Blog
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Annals of the Rheumatic DiseasesJournalhttp://promotions.bmj.com/ardsummariesPatient summaryNo, selected by editorsDedicated section of websiteAuthors answer questionsMedical writer2013
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Astrobites
Student-led organisation
astrobites.comVolunteersVolunteers2010
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Astrobites en español
Student-led organisation
https://astrobitos.orgVolunteersVolunteers
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AutismJournaljournals.sagepub.com/home/autLay abstractYesSeparate articles, grouped per issueAuthorsJournal EditorJuly 2011
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Autism researchJournal
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1939-3806
Lay abstractYesSeparate articles, grouped per issueAuthors
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Behavioural EcologyJournalhttps://academic.oup.com/behecoLay summaryYesBelow title on contents pageAuthors
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British Journal of DermatologyJournalhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/13652133
Plain language summaries
YesSeparate articles, grouped per issueAuthors or communication teamCommunication teamJanuary 2014
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British Pyschological SocietyScientific Societydigest.bps.org.ukResearch DigestNewsletter, blog and appBPS research digest editor2003
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Chembites
Student-led organisation
https://chembites.orgVolunteersVolunteers
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Cochrane
Network of researchers
cochranelibrary.comPlain language summaryYesWithin review articleAuthors or editorial teameditorial team1997
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Earth and Space ScienceJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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Earth's FutureJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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eLifeJournalelifesciences.org, medium.com/@elifeeLife digestNo, selected by editorsWithin research article, selection on blogAuthors answer questions, freelance writer or eLife editors write digesteLife editors2012 (journal launch)
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European UrologyJournalhttp://www.europeanurology.comPatient summaryWithin research articleAuthors
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EvolutionJournal
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1558-5646
DigestsNo, anyone encouraged to submit themSeparate articlesVolunteersJanuary 2017
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FACETSJournalhttp://www.facetsjournal.com
Plain-language summaries
No, authors encouraged to write them
Separate artices, shared on social media etc.
Authors
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Frontiers for Young MindsJournalkids.frontiersin.orgAuthorsYoung scientist/Mentor pair2013
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Functional EcologyJournalfunctional ecology.orgLay summaryYes
Separate articles, highlighted on homepage
AuthorsJournal editor2011
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Geochemistry, Geophysics, GeosystemsJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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GeoHealthJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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Geophysical Research LettersJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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Global Biogeochemical CyclesJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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JGR AtmospheresJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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JGR BiogeosciencesJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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JGR Earth SurfaceJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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JGR OceansJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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JGR PlanetsJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsSummer 2016
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JGR Solid EarthJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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JGR Space PhysicsJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES)
Journalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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Journal of EcologyJournal
https://jecologyblog.wordpress.com/category/lay-summary/
Lay summaryNo, selected by editorsBlogAuthorsJournal blog editors
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Journal of HepatologyJournalhttp://www.journal-of-hepatology.euLay summaryWithin research articleAuthors
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New Journal of PhysicsJournalhttp://iopscience.iop.org/journal/1367-2630
General scientific summary
Within research articleAuthorsJournal editors
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NIHR Efficaacy and Mechanism EvaluationJournalhttps://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/eme/#/Plain English summaryWithin research articleAuthors
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NIHR Health Services and Delivery ResponseJournalhttps://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/hsdr/#/Plain English summaryWithin research articleAuthors
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NIHR Health Technology AssessmentJournalhttps://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/hta/#/Plain English summaryWithin research articleAuthors
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NIHR Programme Grants for Applied ResearchJournalhttps://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/pgfar/#/Plain English summaryWithin research articleAuthors
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NIHR Public Health ResearchJournalhttps://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/phr/#/Plain English summaryWithin research articleAuthors
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Oceanbites
Student-led organisation
oceanbites.orgVolunteersVolunteers
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Open Science DBNon-profit organisationhttp://www.opensciencedb.comDB (database)Separate articlesVolunteersJanuary 2017
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PaleoceanographyJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain Language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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Particlebites
Student-led organisation
https://particlebites.comVolunteersVolunteers
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PLOS BiologyJournalhttp://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/Author summaryYesWithin research articleAuthorsJournal editors
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PLOS Computational BiologyJournalhttp://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/Author summaryYesWithin research articleAuthorsJournal editors
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PLOS GeneticsJournalhttp://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/Author summaryYesWithin research articleAuthorsJournal editors
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PLOS MedicineJournaljournals.plos.org/plosmedicine/)Author summaryYesWithin research articleAuthorsJournal editors2004 (journal's launch)
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PLOS Neglected Tropical DiseasesJournalhttp://journals.plos.org/plosntds/Author summaryYesWithin research articleAuthorsJournal editors
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PLOS PathogensJournalhttp://journals.plos.org/plospathogens/Author summaryYesWithin research articleAuthorsJournal editors
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Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesJournalpnas.orgSignificance StatementYesWithin research articleAuthorsJournal editors2012
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QuantumJournalhttp://quantum-journal.orgNon-technical abstractAuthors
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Radio ScienceJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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Reviews of GeophysicsJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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Space weatherJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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TectonicsJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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The NodeCommunity site run by the journal Developmenthttp://thenode.biologists.comBlogVolunteers and staff
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Water Resources ResearchJournalhttp://publications.agu.org/journals/Plain language summaryNo, authors encouraged to write themWithin research articleAuthorsAutumn 2016
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