B – Transparency declaration for research article

Altman DG, Moher D. Declaration of transparency for each research article. BMJ 2013;347:f4796
(doi: 10.1136/bmj.f4796)

Incomplete or misleading publications are indeed a serious problem. Failure to publish the findings of all studies, especially reports of randomised trials, seriously distorts the evidence base for clinical decision making. This editorial is putting forward a new proposal for scientific journals to include a ‘transparency declaration’ for all article submissions, that authors should sign. The declaration asks the lead author to confirm the article is an ‘honest, accurate, and transparent account of the study being reported’. The BMJ and BMJ Open have already implemented this policy and are urging other journals to do likewise.