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Table 3 Themes emerging from qualitative feedback Comments were collated and grouped into positive and negative feedback, and suggestions for further improvements

From: Understanding Plain English summaries. A comparison of two approaches to improve the quality of Plain English summaries in research reports

  Author original (n) Author revised (n) Independent writer edited (n)
Positive General positive 34 42 53
Headings useful 0 17 9
Terminology explained 3 5 9
Negative Jargon/terminology 25 19 12
Title not clear 18 19 23
Insufficient detail 15 11 20
Ambiguous language 15 8 12
Acronyms/abbreviations 8 5 4
Sentence length/structure 8 8 7
Grammar 6 7 3
Desirable Headings 13 5 1
Less detail 4 0 0
Conclusion 6 6 6