Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research
Some editors have shared with us their experience of setting up policies and procedures aiming to improve transparency and accuracy of research reporting in their journal. The contributions below describe first hand personal experience and provide valuable practical information for other colleagues contemplating the same activity.
Clinical trial reporting and the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, January 2010
Professor Hywel Williams, Clinical Trials Editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, has shared with us how their journal implements the CONSORT Statement and compulsory trial registration and how it checks on compliance to CONSORT (pdf).
Reporting policies and the smaller journal, January 2010
Dr Jason Roberts, Managing Editor of Headache, summarised the experience of changing submission and peer review processes in their journal in order to raise the quality of published articles. Headache is a smaller sub-specialty medical journal and this article might be of interest to all editors of similar types of journals.
Appendix 1: Behavioral/Nonpharmacological Clinical Trials Checklist for Headache
Appendix 2: Case Reports Checklist for Headache
Related articles (freely available):
Roberts J. An Author’s Guide to Publication Ethics: A Review of Emerging Standards in Biomedical Journals. Headache 2009; 49(4): 578 – 589
Loder EW, Penzien DB. Improving the Quality of Research Reporting: Headache Steps Up to the Plate. Headache 2009; 49 (3): 335 – 340
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology: Introducing new policies on research reporting into guidelines for authors and peer reviewers, April 2009. (pdf)
Dr Chris Morris, Associate Editor of the Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Please share your journal’s experiences with reporting guidelines, positive or negative, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
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