B – Does endorsement of reporting guidelines infuence the completeness of reporting?

Shamseer L, Stevens A, Skidmore B. et al. Does journal endorsement of reporting guidelines influence the completeness of reporting of health research? A systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews 2012;1(1):24
(doi:  10.1186/2046-4053-1-24)

Reporting of health research is often inadequate and incomplete. Many guidelines have been developed for reporting a variety of research types and aim at improving the quality of health research reports. In order to increase their uptake, evidence of their effectiveness is important and will provide authors, peer reviewers and editors with an important resource for use and implementation of pertinent guidance. The objective of this study was to assess whether endorsement of reporting guidelines by journals influences the completeness of reporting of health studies.