Achieving Equity in Scientific Publications

3:25 PM - 3:55 PM

Scientific publications presented at congresses and published in scientific journals are usually targeted to scientists, researchers and specialist healthcare providers and written in technical language that is not easily understood by a lay person. However, more and more patients and their caregivers are taking an active approach in their healthcare and treatment decisions and seeking access to the latest information. Furthermore, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the general public’s thirst for scientific knowledge may be greater than ever and world leaders, public health experts and individuals rely on rapidly emerging scientific data to make decisions that have major economic and public health impact. Therefore, it is more important than ever to deliver scientific information not only rapidly and openly but also in a manner that is understandable and accessible to a broad audience including, non-scientists, patients, caregivers, journalists, policy makers, payors and others. However, no clear guidelines for the development of PLS of biomedical publication exist. This presentation will provide a practical approach to how to incorporate publication PLS into publication plans, develop PLS with the input from relevant stakeholder and publish PLS in scientific journals so that they are discoverable, accessible and understandable to a broad audience.