B – The Importance of External Validity

Steckler A, McLeroy K R. The Importance of External Validity. American Journal of Public Health 2008; 98(1):9-10
DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.126847

The article discusses the new emphasis of the Journal on external validity for appropriate manuscripts. Enhancing the quality of reporting on external validity in journal articles, warrants higher priority than it has received in public health research publications to date. Several characteristics of external validity should be reported, and even if not every article would be expected to excel on all of the criteria, many of the articles published will benefit by including information on external validity.