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Reporting of Research Guidelines
Equator Network Reporting Guidelines
Reporting guidelines are statements that provide advice on how to report research methods and findings. Usually in the form of a checklist, flow diagram or explicit text, they specify a minimum set of items required for a clear and transparent account of what was done and what was found in a research study, reflecting in particular issues that might introduce bias into the research. Reporting guidelines complement advice on scientific writing, which concentrates on the basic writing principles and styles of research reports and publications, and journals' instructions to authors.
Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives: By Organization
This chart lists the major biomedical research reporting guidelines that provide advice for reporting research methods and findings. They usually "specify a minimum set of items required for a clear and transparent account of what was done and what was found in a research study, reflecting, in particular, issues that might introduce bias into the research."
PLoS Reporting Guidelines Collection
The Reporting Guidelines Collection highlights articles published across PLOS journals and includes guidelines and guidance, commentary, and related research on guidelines. This Collection features some of the many resources available to facilitate the rigorous reporting of scientific studies, and to improve the presentation and evaluation of published studies.
The Writing Center at WU
The Writing Center and The Speaking Studio at Washington University in St. Louis provides free, one-on-one tutoring to all WU students and faculty for writing or public speaking projects. Workshops are also available.
The Writing Center and Speaking Studio is located at the northwest corner of Olin Library on the Danforth Campus.
Do You Need MeSH Terms?
Do you need to provide Medical Subject Heading terms (MeSH) for your manuscript? Try MeSH on Demand, a tool that allows users to enter text in a search box for generation of suggested MeSH terms.
Bibliography of Peer Review Literature from AIBS
AIBS maintains a reference list of scientific articles concerning the processes, outcomes and validations of the scientific peer review process, particularly focusing on peer review of applications for funding.
Recommendations for Authors: Your Title and Abstract
Do your title and abstract have MeSH terms or other controlled vocabulary? Why is this important? As of mid-2022, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) will be assigned to works published in MEDLINE-indexed journals using an automated indexing process. The automated indexing is based on an algorithm using the title and an abstract of the work to produce a list of MeSH terms.
Recommendation for Authors:
Formulate a clear title and abstract that contains at least one MeSH term.
- Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Browser: The MeSH Browser allows for searching of MeSH terms.
- MeSH on Demand: MeSH on Demand identifies MeSH terms in your submitted text (abstract or manuscript). MeSH on Demand also lists PubMed similar articles relevant to your submitted text.
For more information, see: Frequently Asked Questions about Indexing for MEDLINE.