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EQUATOR Network Newsletter                       September 2014

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Welcome to the September  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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The EQUATOR Network Team 

EQUATOR National Centres launched

The EQUATOR Network has recently launched three EQUATOR centres in France (EQUATOR French), Canada (EQUATOR Canada) and the UK (EQUATOR UK). The 3 centres were officially launched on Friday16 May 2014 during a scientific meeting in Paris.

This is an exciting new phase in the development of the EQUATOR Network and reflects the increased prominence and importance worldwide placed on issues relating to poor health research reporting and research waste amongst industry, publishers, governments, funders, regulators, researchers and academic institutions. The new centres will focus on national activities to raise awareness of and promote reporting guidelines and good research reporting practices amongst health professionals and researchers based locally. Each centre will also contribute to the work of the EQUATOR Network as a whole, with the Network focusing specifically on global issues. Further development of the EQUATOR Network is planned over the coming months including new centres, developing education and training programmes and materials, establishing a Librarian Network and increasing engagement and collaboration with key stakeholders.

The EQUATOR Steering Group membership has also been revised to reflect the changes brought about by the establishment of the new EQUATOR Centres.

Scientific meeting on improving reporting to decrease the waste of research

On the 16 May 2014 the INSERM-Sorbonne Paris Cite Epidemiology and Statistics Research Centre in collaboration with the EQUATOR Network hosted a one-day scientific meeting on the topic of “Improving reporting to decrease the waste of research”. Speakers included key scientists and opinion leaders, editors and research funders.

The presentations and round table discussion were all recorded and the videos are now available for viewing from the EQUATOR website.


EQUATOR 6th Annual Lecture

The EQUATOR 6th Annual Lecture was delivered on Friday 16 May in Paris by Dr Drummond Rennie, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco and until recently Deputy Editor (West), JAMA. Dr Rennie spoke on the topic of "When Something Gets up Your Nose, Sneeze. How to improve the medical literature while getting educated by your friends”.

Watch the video

EASE General Assembly and Conference, Split 2014 - Reporting guidelines session

During the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) General Assembly and conference held in Split in June 2014 a session was held on "Reporting guidelines: a tool to increase the quality of health research published in your journal". The session focused on summarising major deficiencies in health research publications, provided an overview of available reporting guidelines to aid the completeness and transparency of research papers, and discussed practical aspects of implementing these guidelines within journals.

The slides are now available from the EQUATOR website.


New guidelines added to the database of reporting guidelines

Reporting standards for studies of diagnostic test accuracy in dementia: The STARDdem Initiative

Guidelines for reporting case studies on extracorporeal treatments in poisonings: methodology

New reporting guidelines under development

Checklist for the conduct and reporting of micro-costing studies in health care

Consort extension to stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial

CONSORT-equity: Improving the relevance of randomized controlled trials for equity-oriented decisions

ClinPK: Guidelines for the transparent reporting of Clinical Pharmacokinetic Studies

Development of a reporting guideline for reporting studies on time to diagnosis

Consensus on Exercise Reporting Template (CERT)

Collaboration between the EQUATOR Network and Global Health Network

The EQUATOR Network and Global Health Network (GHN) have recently announced a new collaboration, in recognition of our shared goals of capacity building, and in improving the conduct and reporting of health-related research worldwide. Collaborative activities will particularly focus on education and training in low and middle income countries where we aim to further develop the GHN regional faculties – educational centres of excellence – providing on-the-ground support and training activities tailored to regional needs.

Further information about this new collaboration is available from:

Spanish website update

We are continuing to work with Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to incorporate the Spanish language content from the EQUATOR Spanish website into the main EQUATOR website. We are creating dedicated pages within the main website for Spanish language resources and are in the process of translating new content.

Please visit the Spanish website for updates on progress:

COMET Initiative database

A systematic review has recently been completed to identify eligible material for the Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials (COMET) database. The COMET Initiative database is an international repository of studies relevant to the development of core outcome sets. By the end of August 2014, it included a unique collection of 538 references. The website is increasingly being used and there has been a rise in visits from outside the United Kingdom, with 4849 such visits in 2014 so far (49% of all visits). By August 2014, a total of 5746 searches had been completed, with 1511 in 2014 alone.

Read the systematic review

Search the COMET database

COMET IV Meeting

The COMET (Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials) Initiative will hold its fourth meeting in Rome on 19-20 November 2014. The meeting will bring together individuals interested in the development and application of “core outcome sets” in many different areas of health care. Confirmed speakers include: Holger Schünemann (McMaster University); David Tovey (The Cochrane Collaboration); Khalid Khan (Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry); Paula Williamson (University of Liverpool); Caroline Terwee (VU University); Roberto D’Amico (University of Modena). Please visit the COMET website for further details:

Medical editors short course

A 2-day workshop for editors-in-chief, editorial board members and managing editors will be held on 5-7 November 2014 in Oxford. The course which covers how to be a successful editor, working with authors and ensuring quality, improving visibility and ensuring high ethical standards is being organised by Pippa Smart from pspconsulting.

For further details please visit:

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