Transparent and accurate reporting increases reliability, utility, and impact of your research: reporting guidelines and the EQUATOR Network.

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Journal Article (Review)

Although current electronic methods of scientific publishing offer increased opportunities for publishing all research studies and describing them in sufficient detail, health research literature still suffers from many shortcomings. These shortcomings seriously undermine the value and utility of the literature and waste scarce resources invested in the research. In recent years there have been several positive steps aimed at improving this situation, such as a strengthening of journals' policies on research publication and the wide requirement to register clinical trials.The EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network is an international initiative set up to advance high quality reporting of health research studies; it promotes good reporting practices including the wider implementation of reporting guidelines. EQUATOR provides free online resources http://www.equator-network.org supported by education and training activities and assists in the development of robust reporting guidelines. This paper outlines EQUATOR's goals and activities and offers suggestions for organizations and individuals involved in health research on how to strengthen research reporting.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Simera, I; Moher, D; Hirst, A; Hoey, J; Schulz, KF; Altman, DG

Published Date

  • April 26, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 8 /

Start / End Page

  • 24 -

PubMed ID

  • 20420659

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20420659

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-7015

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1741-7015

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/1741-7015-8-24

Language

  • eng