Wanted: Reader-Friendly Research

The readability of science has steadily decreased since 1881, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden conclude in a new study in eLIFE.
 
Examining 709,577 abstracts published between 1881 and 2015 in 123 scientific journals, including Nature, Science, the Lancet and JAMA, the researchers conclude that use of scientific jargon is on the rise—to the detriment of a reader’s understanding.
 
The authors say their results should concern scientists and the wider public. “Reporting science clearly and accurately is a fundamental part of the scientific process, facilitating both the dissemination of knowledge and the reproducibility of results,” the study says.

Source: eLIFE

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