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11.9.3  Summary text

The second part, or body, of the plain language summary should be no more than 400 words in length and should include:

At the end of the plain language summary authors may give web links (for example to other information or decision aids on CRG web sites, providing that these comply with The Cochrane Collaboration policy on web links. Graphs or pictures should not be included in the plain language summary. As with other components of a Cochrane review, plain language summaries should follow the format of the Cochrane Style Manual (available from