B – Health research reporting guidelines

Moher D, Schulz KF, Simera I et al. Guidance for developers of health research reporting guidelines. PLos Med. 2010 February; 7(2):e1000217
(doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000217)

The authors of this article believe that nowadays the quality of reporting in most health care journals is inadequate. Many publications lack clarity, transparency, and completeness in how the authors actually carried out their research. Use of reporting guidelines is associated with improvements in the quality of reporting health research. In this paper guidance on how to develop reporting guidelines is presented. It includes 18-step checklist and could be of help to potential and practicing developers. While some of the items are optional, there is a core set of steps that are necessary to ensure adequate development of a reporting guideline. The checklist will be also available on the EQUATOR Network website. The guidance would help researchers improve their reports, and also be used by peer reviewers and editors to strenghten manuscript review.