But more journals request a plain language abstract. Writing your abstract in plain language is a good exercise to help share your work with those of us outside of your field.
Here are some things to think about when writing a plain language abstract:
-- You are not "dumbing it down" - in fact, you are making it clearer and easier for others to understand.
-- You won't just replace long words with short ones - although that is much better; to make things clear, you may need more words.
-- Use a storytelling technique in your abstract - was your work a surprise? a mystery? a drama? a new use of technology? a problem solved? a new problem discovered?
-- Read it out loud to a family member or a friend: Do they get it?
-- Is there a key message?
Science is fascinating and important. It helps us understand how our world works and how humans fit in. We need scientists to help us understand.