Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research
The SAMPL guidelines are a useful succinct tool for authors of biomedical research papers, journal editors and peer reviewers. Journal editors might consider referring to these guidelines in their instructions to Authors and Peer Reviewers.
The guidelines can be found on the EQUATOR website and in: Smart P, Maisonneuve H, Polderman A (eds). Science Editors’ Handbook, European Association of Science Editors, 2013. The guidelines will also appear in “Guidelines for reporting health research: A user’s manual” which will be released in early September 2013 around the time of the Peer Review Congress in Chicago.
The full-text is freely available to download from: SAMPL guidelines
T. A. Lang and D.G. Altman. Basic Statistical Reporting for Articles Published in Biomedical Journals: The “Statistical Analyses and Methods in the Published Literature” or The SAMPL Guidelines” in: Smart P, Maisonneuve H, Polderman A (eds). Science Editors’ Handbook, European Association of Science Editors, 2013.
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