Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research
The following resources will help you to produce high quality research publications:
It is important to be aware of reporting requirements and to think about reporting when you are planning and conducting your research study:
Systematic reviews represent an important part of published research. As with primary research, good systematic reviews need to be well planned, well conducted and well reported. The following resources provide guidance for the development of robust systematic reviews:
A good scientific article combines clear writing style with a high standard of reporting of the research content:
Tip: When you finish your writing …
When published, your article will start a new independent life – it will be read and critically appraised, and it may contribute to systematic reviews, inform clinical guidelines, and influence clinical practice, etc. So, before you submit your paper to a journal, try to consider whether the article is ‘fit for purpose’ and able to pass this future scrutiny, e.g. will a Cochrane reviewer be able to identify your study’s methods to assess risk of bias (Cochrane handbook, Table 8.5.a); can numerical results be extracted from your paper without any ambiguity; have you provided enough detail about your intervention to allow its use in clinical practice; etc.
Data sharing is commonplace in some scientific disciplines and is a policy requirement of a number of major research funding agencies. This culture has not yet been widely adopted by the clinical research community but the trend is definitively moving in this direction.
Data sharing is a requirement of a number of major research funding agencies’ policies. The policies are mostly based on the OECD principles (The OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding, 2007). A good resource of information is also the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health website (see Framework for Responsible Sharing of Genomic and Health-Related Data)
For guidance on reporting and sharing data from biological and biomedical experiments visit MIBBI: Minimum Information for Biological and Biomedical Investigations portal and BioSharing.
Medical writers should be aware of any guidelines that apply to the publications they are producing, including the reporting guidelines on the EQUATOR website. In addition to these, a number of guidelines relating to reporting have been developed specifically for medical writers.
Complete, accurate and transparent reporting is an integral part of responsible research conduct. Many organisations stipulate this in their guidelines:
Researchers are often asked to peer review articles for journals. Reporting guidelines can be valuable tools when checking the completeness of research reports.
Resources on peer review, including free online courses, can be accessed here.
Also explore the EQUATOR Links section
|Diagnostic / prognostic studies||STARD||TRIPOD|
|Quality improvement studies||SQUIRE|
|Animal pre-clinical studies||ARRIVE|