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EQUATOR Network Newsletter                                   October 2013

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Welcome to the October 2013 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! Please do feel free to share the Newsletter with your colleagues.

The EQUATOR Network Team 

New website launched!

We are delighted to annouce that we have just recently launched our new-look website. We have updated all the content and introduced new features such as our toolkits section, translations page and comprehensive database of reporting guidelines. We hope that the regularly updated database will enable users to search, identify and locate relevant guidelines more quickly and easily (a detailed search help page is also provided). We also hope that the new website is easy to navigate and provides fast access to up-to-date essential information about research reporting. Please do take a look and see what you think!

We would love to hear your feeback about the new website and any suggestions you have for improvement - please email

EQUATOR Network at the Peer Review Congress

The EQUATOR Network actively participated at the Seventh International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication held on 8-10 September 2013, in Chicago, USA. EQUATOR held a pre-congress workshop for editors on Saturday 7th September on 'Reporting guidelines: a tool to increase the quality of health research published in your journal'.

Further information about the workshop and links to the programme and slides are available on the website

EQUATOR also had an exhibition stand throughout the congress where we very much enjoyed talking to a large number of congress participants who wanted to learn more about reporting guidelines and EQUATOR online resources.

Annual Lecture 2013: Presented by Professor Kay Dickersin

The EQUATOR Network also held their 5th Annual Lecture during the Seventh International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication in Chicago. The Annual Lecture entitled 'A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? Limitations of Reporting Guidelines in Revealing Study Methods' was presented by Professor Kay Dickersin, Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Director of the Center for Clinical Trials, and Director of the US Cochrane Center (USCC).

Further information about the lecture is available on the website

Declaration of transparency

A recently published BMJ editorial proposes that authors of research papers are asked to sign a declaration that their paper is not misleading. Journal editors can help by asking authors to sign a declaration of transparency and the BMJ and BMJ Open are already leading the way by implementing this policy immediately.
Reference: Altman DG, Moher D. Declaration of transparency for each research article. BMJ 2013;347:f4796.

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