Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research
During the summer, the Canadian Centre continued its leadership role in helping develop a minimum set of core competencies for scientific editors by holding a face-to-face consensus meeting involving about 20 editors in Strasburg, France, immediately prior to the European Association of Science Editors [EASE] meeting. Dr. Moher also gave a talk about reporting guidelines at the EASE meeting.
In November, Larissa Shamseer stopped by the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam to talk about a comparative study of potential predatory and presumed legitimate (open-access and subscription) journals that we have just wrapped up.
In December David Moher participated in the inaugural EQUATOR Australasian Centre two-day Publication School with Australasian Centre co-directors Paul Glasziou and Elaine Beller, and Ginny Barbour. During this trip David also led a one-day workshop on Waste in Research, at the University of Sydney, Australia.
Locally, our Publications Officer, Kelly Cobey, has been active providing outreach on journalology topics via internal seminars, workshops, and one-on-one consultations. A new partnership announced in December, will see Kelly begin to provide additional outreach at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, the home of the Canadian EQUATOR Centre, is one of a handful of research institutions globally to have recently been selected to contribute to a pilot on institutional memberships with COPE.
The Canadian group is gearing up to host two in person CME accredited workshops in Journalology in the Spring (March 28-29 & March 31-April 1).
Further information about the Canadian EQUATOR Centre can be found at: http://www.equator-network.org/about-us/canadian-equator-centre/
How did a journalist end up in the EQUATOR Network team? That is a question I hear very often: what is a journalist doing working among medical doctors and statisticians? What is your role? Well, it started very early...