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EQUATOR Network Newsletter                                       April 2014

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Welcome to the April 2014 issue of the EQUATOR Newsletter.

Our Newsletter highlights new reporting guidelines and other relevant news and developments.

We hope that you find this update useful and interesting!

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Paris meeting

The INSERM-Sorbonne Paris Cite Epidemiology and Statistics Research Centre in collaboration with the EQUATOR Network will be hosting a one-day scientific meeting on Friday 16th May 2014. The meeting will focus on improving reporting to help decrease waste in research and aims to bring issues of inadequate reporting and wasteful research to the attention of researchers in France. Speakers will include key scientists and opinion leaders, editors and research funders. The meeting will also see the launch of the French EQUATOR Centre and the EQUATOR Annual Lecture 2014 will be given by Dr Drummond Rennie.

For more information and details of how to register for this event please visit: Paris meeting

EQUATOR 6th Annual Lecture 2014

The 6th EQUATOR Annual Lecture will be presented by Dr Drummond Rennie, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco and until recently Deputy Editor (West), JAMA. Dr Rennie will speak on the topic of “When Something Gets up Your Nose, Sneeze. How to improve the medical literature while getting educated by your friends.” The annual lecture will be delivered on Friday 16th May 2014 at the Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou (Grand Auditorium), 20 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris, France during the meeting (mentioned in the previous news item) on “Improving reporting to decrease the waste of research“.

To read the full lecture outline please visit: 6th Annual Lecture outline

Split meeting

The EQUATOR Network are holding a parallel session during the 12th European Association of Science Editors (EASE) General Assembly and Conference which will be held in Split, Croatia from 13-15 June 2014. The session, which will take place on Sunday 15th June, will focus on reporting guidelines and how they can increase the quality of health research published in journals.

Further information regarding both the parallel session and the EASE conference is available at: EASE conference session

Implementation of reporting guidelines in journals: Collaborative initiative involving 28 rehabilitation and disability journals

28 major rehabilitation and disability journals have joined together in a collaborative initiative to enhance research reporting standards through adoption of reporting guidelines. The initiative requires authors to use relevant reporting guidelines when preparing their manuscripts for submission to any one of the 28 journals involved in the initiative. Reviewers will also be asked to use reporting guidelines when peer reviewing submitted manuscripts. It is hoped that by joining together the quality of research reports, spanning all 28 major rehabilitation and disability journals, will be improved enabling easier evaluation and better clinical applicability.

For more information and a list of participating journals please visit: rehabilitation and disability journal initiative

Implementation of reporting guidelines in journals: Wolters Kluwer experience

Wolters Kluwer has recently introduced open access article types to their newly fully open access journal title Medicine. The journal's open access article types require authors to adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines and to submit checklists and flow diagrams when submitting their manuscript. The Medicine journal website clearly correlates each article type that may be submitted with an appropriate reporting guideline to help authors ensure that they use the correct guideline. A similar initiative took place in January 2011 in the journal Neurosurgery.

For more information please visit: Wolters Kluwer experience

Librarian blog: Can librarians contribute to increasing value and reducing waste in medical research?

A recent blog by Shona Kirtley, Senior Information Specialist at the EQUATOR Network, discusses what can medical librarians and information specialists do to support ideas and recommendations provided in a series of articles published by The Lancet in January 2014 on reducing avoidable waste in medical research and increasing its value for clinicians, researchers, policy makers and ultimately for patients. Ten key practical recommendations provided in the blog can be a good start!

To read the blog post please visit: Librarian blog

Spanish website plans

We are currently working with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to redevelop the EQUATOR Spanish website to harmonise the design and content with the new main EQUATOR Network website. We plan to update and move Spanish content onto the main EQUATOR website and to translate new website sections including the toolkits and library resources. Please visit the Spanish website for updates on progress:

New reporting guidelines added to the EQUATOR website

Strengthening the reporting of molecular epidemiology for infectious diseases (STROME-ID): an extension of the STROBE statement

Better reporting of interventions: template for intervention description and replication (TIDieR) checklist and guide

The CARE Guidelines: Consensus-based Clinical Case Reporting Guideline Development

Launch of a checklist for reporting longitudinal observational drug studies in rheumatology: a EULAR extension of STROBE guidelines based on experience from biologics registries

Neuroimaging standards for research into small vessel disease and its contribution to ageing and neurodegeneration

New reporting guidelines in development

PRISMA Harms: improving harms reporting in systematic reviews

eMERGE – Meta-Ethnography Reporting GuidElines

Development of a checklist to REport Food INtakE Data (REFINED)

Preferred Reporting Of CasE SerieS (PROCESS) checklist

Reporting Items for Guidelines in Health Systems (Right)

Development of a reporting guideline for pilot and feasibility studies

Reporting Guidelines for IDEAL Prospective Development and Prospective Exploration Studies

Developing reporting guidelines for single-case experimental designs: the SCRIBE project

Checklist for assessing the reporting of the updating methodology in updated guidelines

Webinar: the STROBE Statement for reporting observational studies

On the 19 March we held our latest webinar in our EQUATOR PAHO webinar series which focussed on the STROBE Statement for reporting observational studies. The webinar was presented by Dr Erik von Elm, a senior epidemiologist at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (IUMSP) at Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland and co-director of Cochrane Switzerland, the Swiss branch of the Cochrane Collaboration.

The webinar recording is now available and can be listened to or downloaded at: STROBE webinar

PAHO EQUATOR Implementation plan

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the EQUATOR Network launched a partnership in 2010 to improve the accuracy, transparency, and rigor of health research in Latin America and the Caribbean through the use of reporting guidelines. To date the collaboration has resulted in the EQUATOR Website and key guidelines being translated into Spanish. The aim is to benefit the dissemination and implementation of reporting guidelines by the Spanish speaking authors.

A study conducted in 2013 documented that journal editors for the most part are unaware of the availability of reporting guidelines or the Equator Network's website which provides access to a searchable database containing more than 200 reporting guidelines. The editors, the study found, are interested in learning about these guidelines. To address this gap, PAHO and the Equator network devised an implementation plan to acquaint journal editors with reporting guidelines, both will shortly receive relevant information to help them access and use available reporting guidelines.

As part of this collaboration, PAHO and EQUATOR are hosting a series of webinars about research reporting. Most recent webinars have been the STROBE Statement, used for observational studies and the CONSORT Statement for randomized trials. The former was presented by  Dr. Erik von Elm and the latter by Prof. Doug Altman.

If you are interested in receiving more information please email Shona Kirtley,

EQUATOR LinkedIn group

The EQUATOR LinkedIn Group is gaining in popularity and we now have almost 500 members! Please visit the group homepage to read the latest posts at: EQUATOR LinkedIn Group