B – Editors’ implementation of CONSORT guidelines

Hopewell S, Ravaud P, Baron G, et al. Effect of editors’ implementation of CONSORT guidelines on the reporting of abstracts in high impact medical journals: interrupted time series analysis. BMJ 2012;344:e4178

This article aims at investigating the effect of the publication of the CONSORT for Abstracts guidelines, and the effect of different journals’ editorial policies to implement them, on the reporting quality of abstracts of randomised trials published in five high impact, general medical journals. The results show that the guidelines improved the reporting when actively implemented by a specific editorial policy. Passive dissemination of information was generally ineffective.