B – Reporting guidelines

Grant SP, Mayo-Wilson E, Melendez-Torres GJ, et al. Reporting quality of social and psychological intervention trials: a systematic review of reporting guidelines and trial publications. PLoS One 2013;8(5):e65442

Reporting guidelines have improved the quality of trial reports in medicine, yet existing guidelines  have important limitations in content, development, and/or dissemination and they may not be fully suited for social and psychological intervention trials. Important details are routinely missing from trial publications and most leading journals in social and behavioural sciences do not ask authors to follow reporting standards. Findings demonstrate a need to develop a CONSORT extension with updated standards for social and psychological intervention trials.