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The New ICMJE Recommendations

29/08/2013

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) updated and renamed its “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” that standardise approach for preparation of manuscripts and that are followed by the majority of biomedical journals.

The most substantive revisions are discussed on the ICMJE website.
The new “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals” (ICMJE Recommendations) are available here.

Section 2 of the ‘Manuscript preparation’ part refers to the use of reporting guidelines and EQUATOR resources:

2. Reporting Guidelines

Reporting guidelines have been developed for differentstudy designs; examples include CONSORT (www.consort-statement.org) for randomized trials, STROBE for obser-vational studies (http://strobe-statement.org/), PRISMAfor systematic reviews and meta-analyses (http://prisma-statement.org/), and STARD for studies of diagnosticaccuracy (www.stard-statement.org/). Journals are encour-aged to ask authors to follow these guidelines because theyhelp authors describe the study in enough detail for it tobe evaluated by editors, reviewers, readers, and other re-searchers evaluating the medical literature. Authors of re-view manuscripts are encouraged to describe the methodsused for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesizingdata; this is mandatory for systematic reviews. Goodsources for reporting guidelines are the EQUATOR Net-work (www.equator-network.org/home/) and the NLM’sResearch Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives (www.nlm.nih.gov/services/research_report_guide.htm”

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