Clear Language Summaries

Clear Language Summaries

Many academic products, such as peer-reviewed journal articles and presentations, are inaccessible because of discipline-specific jargon and paywalls. In response to this issue, the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute obtained OMAFRA funding and offered clear language writing training for students and staff at the University of Guelph. This training involved sessions on how to understand research audiences, how to write for interdisciplinary and non-scientific readers, and how to work with faculty throughout the clear language process.

As a result of these efforts, trainees produced over 130 clear language research summaries between 2011 and 2013. These summaries translate academic research into accessible language, creating a description that is easy to understand for all knowledge users. All summaries are posted on the University of Guelph's Atrium, an open-access digital repository, and are available to the public. They have also been widely disseminated by CESI and York University through the first cross-university project as part of the ResearchImpact partnership.

This project was funded by the OMAFRA-University of Guelph partnership and was completed in collaboration with the Catalyst Centre, the SPARK program, and the Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University.

Read the clear language summaries:

Access the full list on the Atrium