Supporting authors sharing scientific research with a non-scientific audience
We understand that it is increasingly important for authors to share the results of their scientific research with policy-makers. And we also know that communicating scientific research to a non-scientific audience comes with its challenges.
To help authors with this, we are launching Key Policy Highlights on selected journals across the Life, Earth & Environmental Sciences.
What are Key Policy Highlights?
Key Policy Highlights (KPH) communicate the significance of scientific research evidence in jargon-free and clear language, to a non-scientific audience. This audience includes policy-makers and professionals in nearby disciplines.
This pilot scheme offers authors (in participating journals) the option to publish a secondary abstract called ‘Key Policy Highlights’, as part of the scientific research paper.
The secondary abstracts should comprise of:
3-5 bullet points
Approximately 100-150 words
The KPH should emphasize the main policy implications of the paper for a non-academic audience. This short overview will help authors clearly communicate their scientific research to a non-scientific audience.
Why should I include Key Policy Highlights?
By highlighting the policy relevance of research via Key Policy Highlights, you will:
Increase the journal’s readership particularly from a policy audience
Facilitate the uptake of original research into decision-making
Remember: check the journal’s Instructions for Authors (IFAs) to find the necessary information, to help you to include this secondary abstract in your manuscript.
Below is a list of all the journals across the Life, Earth & Environmental Sciences, that are offering authors the option to include Key Policy Highlights.