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Selecting the appropriate reporting guideline for your article

Authors of research articles frequently forget to report details about their study which are important for readers to know.  This can delay publication and stop their work being used, cited or replicated.  This is a waste of the human and financial resources invested in the research.

Reporting Guidelines and checklists have been developed for a wide variety of research types and study designs which set up the most important things readers need to know about your work.

EQUATOR have developed a simple flow chart and online wizard to help authors and editors find the most appropriate checklist and reporting guideline for their article.  It is at a very early stage of development, and has not yet been evaluated, so we would welcome feedback on how useful it is, and how it could be improved.


EQUATOR have also been working with Penelope Research to develop a simple online wizard based on the flow diagram.  Click here to access the wizard.

wizardThis free tool will help you work out which reporting guidelines are right for you

You can also search the EQUATOR Library of Reporting Guidelines, or read more about different study types on the website of Oxford’s Centre for Evidence-based Medicine.