Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research
An editorial published in PLoS Medicine introduces new measure to further support transparency and usability of published research. PLoS editors are strengthening their reporting requirements for observational and diagnostic accuracy studies (requiring the use of STROBE and STARD reporting guidelines when preparing research manuscripts). Further changes in editorial policies relate to extending journals’ data sharing policies and protocol availability to observational studies.
This move should undoubtedly provide inspiration to other journal editors (see the EQUATOR toolkit for editors for more resources, guidance, examples and editorials from other journals, etc.)
The PLOS Medicine Editors (2014) Observational Studies: Getting Clear about Transparency. PLoS Med 11(8): e1001711. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001711
How can reporting quality interfere with reproducibility issues and overall trust in science results? With that question in mind, we participated in the Reproducibility, Replicability and Trust in Science conference organised by the Wellcome Genome Campus from 9 to 11...