MECIR standards for Plain Language Summaries: the PLEACS project

Topic category Knowledge translation and communicating evidence
Date and Location
Date: 
Wednesday 3 October 2012 - 13:30 - 15:00
Location: 
Contact persons and facilitators
Contact person Affiliation Country
Catherine McIlwain (Contact this person) Consumer Coordinator, The Cochrane Collaboration United Kingdom
Facilitator Affiliation Country
Catherine McIlwain Consumer Coordinator, The Cochrane Collaboration United Kingdom
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Annie
Last name: 
Synnot
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Consumers and Communication Group, Australia
First name: 
David
Last name: 
Tovey
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Editor in Chief, UK
First name: 
Gill
Last name: 
Gyte
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Consumer Network, UK
First name: 
Hilary
Last name: 
Simmonds
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Editorial Unit, UK
First name: 
Jackie
Last name: 
Chandler
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Methods Co-ordinator, UK
First name: 
Karin
Last name: 
Dearness
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Upper Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Diseases Group, Canada
First name: 
Lorne
Last name: 
Becker
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Innovations, USA
First name: 
Maryann
Last name: 
Napoli
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Consumer Network, USA
First name: 
Nancy
Last name: 
Santesso
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Applicability and Recommendations Methods Group, Canada
First name: 
Rachel
Last name: 
Churchill
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Group, UK
First name: 
Silvana
Last name: 
Simi
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Consumer Network, Italy
First name: 
Tamara
Last name: 
Rader
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Musculoskeletal Group, Canada
First name: 
Toby
Last name: 
Lasserson
Affiliation and Country: 
Cochrane Editorial Unit, UK
Target audience
Target audience: 
Consumers, authors, Managing Editors and anyone involved in the Plain Language Summary process
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Open
Level of knowledge required: 
Any
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Discussion
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objectives:
The Plain Language Summary (PLS) is arguably the most visible part of a Cochrane Review. It is written in a style that the general public can understand and it is freely available globally. Due to both readability and accessibility it is often reproduced in the press, and in newsletters and websites. In response to the need for better PLS, the PLEACS (Plain Language Expectations for Authors of Cochrane Summaries) initiative, a sister group of the MECIR project, was established to improve the reporting standards for PLS. The PLEACS standards are designed to ensure that review findings are consistently and clearly presented in a standard format throughout The Cochrane Library.

Description:
Participants will have the opportunity to examine the PLS standards developed through the PLEACS initiative. The workshop will discuss a selection of core PLEACS recommendations and offer attendees the opportunity to provide feedback on implementation of the standards using examples from existing PLS. The session will provide clear guidance on producing standardized PLS.