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Language of scientific texts ‘too complex’

It has become harder to understand scientific publications due to cumbersome wording and jargon, a study has found.

The language used in scientific papers in disciplines including psychology and biology has become more complicated, a study published in the journal eLife on 5 September has found.

The study analysed how readability has changed over time in more than 700,000 abstracts published between 1881 and 2015 in 12 disciplines, including medicine, psychology, biology and ecology. It was carried out by four doctoral students at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and published on 5 September.

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