Study the instructions/guidelines for authors

Find these for your target journal on the journal’s website (sometimes under About the journal tab). Download and read them carefully, and prepare your manuscript accordingly.

Depending on the discipline, choose appropriate reporting guidelines. The EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUALity and Transparency Of health Research) Network provides access to hundreds of reporting guidelines, mainly from the biomedical sciences, but some EQUATOR examples of good reporting can be applied in other disciplines. Helpful algorithms assist you in selecting the most relevant guideline.

For reporting aspects of sex and gender, authors can refer to the EASE Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines and the SAGER guidelines checklist. These offer systematic approaches to the use and editorial review of sex and gender information in study design, data analysis, outcome reporting and research interpretation.