GREO is Hiring: Plain Language Writers

The Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO) is an independent knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) organization that aims to eliminate harm from gambling. We are the provincial leader in gambling research and KTE, with a strong legacy for building capacity in Ontario, Canada and internationally. The work we do is intended for researchers, policy makers, gambling regulators and operators, and treatment and prevention service providers. We support evidence-informed decision making in responsible gambling policies, standards, and practices.  Prior to April 2015 GREO’s name was the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre (OPGRC).

We are seeking Plain Language Writers to assist in writing synopses of research articles for GREO’s Knowledge Repository. Writers will be trained in the format and style of the plain language synopses and on gambling-related content. Articles for summary will be selected for you.

Writers will work with GREO staff to produce 1-2 summaries on a weekly basis.

Writers will be paid $100 per completion of each summary.


– Excellent writing and editing skills

– Demonstrated ability to critically read and appraise academic research and synthesize complex ideas in a clear and concise manner

– Some understanding of readability and readability tools

– Experience in plain language is an asset

– Experience/interest in research and knowledge transfer and exchange

– Expertise in MS Word

To apply, please send the following by 4pm on Friday, October 30, 2015 to

– Resume and cover letter

– A sample of writing from the past two years

– Please complete a summary of the article indicated below

Article: Hodgins, D.C., & Holub, A. (2015). Components of Impulsivity in Gambling Disorder. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. DOI 10.1007/s11469-015-9572-z

Applicants must be available for a paid training.  Details will be provided at a later date.

Please direct any questions to

Guidelines and Template

Please use the bolded text as headings for each section of your synopsis. Use the non-bolded text to as a guide of what to include.  You can find many examples of research snapshots on the Research Impact website: Make sure your summary is 2 pages or less overall.  Your summary should aim for a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 13.0 or lower and a Flesch Reading Ease of 30.0 or higher. Please use the Readability Statistics tool on Microsoft Word.

Title of Article

• Something interesting to entice the reader and gives them an idea of what they will learn by reading the summary

What this research is about 

• Summarize what the purpose of the research was and why it is important.

• Why did the researchers do this study?

What the researchers did 

• Summarize the methods of the research study- make sure that you focus on what methods would be important to the people reading the summary

• Describe the tasks that were included (e.g. survey, game, etc.)

• Explain what data was collected (what variables)

What the researchers found

• Summarize the key finding(s) of the study

• Focus on the most applicable findings for the reader

What you need to know

• Identify who this research is applicable to – government, regulators, operators, policymakers, researchers, treatment providers, public, etc.

• Identify why this research would be important/significant to them and how they can use it.

What you need to know

• Summarize the most important findings of the study

• Provide a few key points about how the research can be used or applied in the readers work or life

About the Author(s)

• Briefly introduce the author(s) and where they are employed

• Reference the study the summary is based on

• Provide contact information for the researcher


• Provide 3-6 keywords that describe what the research is about


In APA format