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12/08/2014 B.J. Visser: How much money do we waste on research?

It has been claimed that 85% of biomedical research is wasted because of inadequate production and reporting of research. This implies a considerable financial loss for society and industry

03/07/2014 E. Wager: Why aren’t researchers told about reporting guidelines?

Liz Wager reflects on a recent talk that she gave to postgraduate students at a careers day for biomedical researchers considering working in medical communications

02/06/2014 D. Bishop: Data sharing: not easy but ultimately essential

Professor Dorothy Bishop shares her own experience of sharing her research data. She finds that despite making a great effort to be accurate error is inevitable and unavoidable in science, however careful you try to be. The best way to flush out these errors is to make the data publicly available.

28/02/2014 S. Kirtley: Can librarians contribute to increasing value and reducing waste in medical research?

The recently published Lancet series on waste in biomedical research provides a fascinating and thought provoking glimpse into the complex world of medical research and the myriad of issues that can disrupt completion and use of high quality research

20/12/2013 D. Riley: The CARE guidelines

We created a consensus-based set of reporting guidelines for case reports to increase the quality of reporting from patient encounters and lead into a systematic data collection effort

26/11/2013 P. McCulloch: The IDEAL Collaboration

The IDEAL framework outlines a realistic view of how surgical interventions, medical devices and other complex interventions actually develop in practice. Evaluation needs to recognise these stages of development, and both reporting standards and methodology need to be tailored

20/03/2013 T.A. Lang & D.G. Altman: Introducing the SAMPL guidelines

The SAMPL Guidelines provide a set of statistical reporting guidelines suitable for medical journals to include in their Instructions for Authors. The guidelines tell authors, journal editors, and reviewers how to report basic statistical methods and results

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