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14/08/2015 First EQUATOR Publication School a resounding success

The first cohort of the EQUATOR Publication School (6-10 July 2015) had goals many researchers can identify with: develop confidence in writing, fill in the gaps in a self-taught writer’s training, polish skills so as best to pass them on … Read More

31/03/2015 Reporting diagnostic accuracy studies: Evaluating 10 years of STARD

Daniël A. Korevaar & Jérémie F. Cohen, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands Over 250 reporting guidelines are currently available in the EQUATOR library. One of the most established of these is the STARD … Read More

16/03/2015 Reducing publication bias in animal research

Elizabeth Moylan, Senior Editor at BioMed Central, writes about publication bias in animal research, the importance of publishing negative results, and the role of preclinical study registration. But is there a one-size solution that could fit all? This week the … Read More

23/01/2015 Planning a systematic review? Think protocols

          While much of the focus on reducing waste in research has been on primary studies, in particular clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta analyses can compound the problem. Here, Larissa Shamseer, PhD candidate in the … Read More

06/01/2015 Introducing the Transparent Reporting of a Multivariable Prediction Model for Individual Prognosis or Diagnosis Initiative: The TRIPOD Statement

Gary Collins, Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford introduces TRIPOD. Decisions based on clinical predictions are routinely made throughout medicine and at all stages in pathways of health care.  For example, … Read More

23/10/2014 Ginny Barbour: I’ve Got a (lot of) Little (check)lists

PLOS Medicine Editorial Director, Virginia Barbour, reflects on the publication of the CONSORT and PRISMA guidelines and reminds us of the importance of checklists to medical publishing. This blog was orginally published as one of eight in PLOS Medicine’s 10th Anniversary blog series on the most interesting … Read More

12/08/2014 B.J. Visser: How much money do we waste on research?

It has been claimed that 85% of biomedical research is wasted because of inadequate production and reporting of research. This implies a considerable financial loss for society and industry Read More

03/07/2014 E. Wager: Why aren’t researchers told about reporting guidelines?

Liz Wager reflects on a recent talk that she gave to postgraduate students at a careers day for biomedical researchers considering working in medical communications Read More

02/06/2014 D. Bishop: Data sharing: not easy but ultimately essential

Professor Dorothy Bishop shares her own experience of sharing her research data. She finds that despite making a great effort to be accurate error is inevitable and unavoidable in science, however careful you try to be. The best way to flush out these errors is to make the data publicly available. Read More

28/02/2014 S. Kirtley: Can librarians contribute to increasing value and reducing waste in medical research?

The recently published Lancet series on waste in biomedical research provides a fascinating and thought provoking glimpse into the complex world of medical research and the myriad of issues that can disrupt completion and use of high quality research Read More

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