I understand that you need to reference the intercept of the linear regression model to explain how each independent variables (or covariates) of the model affects the overall dependent variable of interest.

But it sounds too technical to write, "the intercept of linear regression model starts at X (\* indicates the intercept is not at zero), and the estimate/slope of the model is X."

I was told that I wouldn't need to report on the intercept (neither its estimate, standard error, t-value, p-value, etc.). And just focus on the effects of my covariates on the outcome of interest.

If it's for a lay biology journal, I wonder if reviewers would want to see an explanation of what intercepts are. At least for the first table of the models I show.

What have you all seen as a best practice in reporting this?