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EQUATOR Network Newsletter                         November 2015

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Welcome to the November 2015 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 

Launch of Spanish resources pages

We are delighted to announce that we have developed a dedicated section within the EQUATOR website in Spanish. Developed in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), our Spanish resources pages aim to make it easier for Spanish-speaking users to locate relevant information on our website and to access resources that are available in Spanish.

The Spanish pages are available from:


The REWARD/EQUATOR Conference was held from 28-30 September 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference theme was increasing value and reducing waste in biomedical research and focused on the findings and recommendations from The Lancet Increasing Value and Reducing Waste series.

Over 200 enthusiastic delegates discussed progress made in addressing these recommendations and the perspectives of key players involved in initiatives to improve research. The meeting concluded with discussions regarding devising an action plan to move the REWARD campaign forward and the development and endorsement of a consensus statement.

Further information is available at:

Launch of EQUATOR oncology project web page

We recently launched a new web page on the EQUATOR website describing the EQUATOR Oncology Project. This project will produce online resources and guidance for researchers in the field of oncology. This is the first disease-specific project within the EQUATOR Network and it is very exciting to be part of the development of resources for cancer, as we envisage that this online resource will act as a model for the development of resources for other disease-specific areas.

Read about the EQUATOR oncology project at:

Read a blog post about the EQUATOR oncology project at:


EQUATOR Annual Lecture 2015

We were delighted to welcome Luis Gabriel Cuervo, Senior Advisor for Research Promotion & Development at the Pan American Health Organization, to deliver the 2015 EQUATOR Annual Lecture on 30th September. The lecture was held during the REWARD/EQUATOR Conference and Luis Gabriel spoke about experiences with a systems approach in addressing issues such as research waste and research reporting standards.

Access the slides and watch a recording of the lecture at:

2016 Publication School dates

Following the huge success of our inaugural EQUATOR Publication School in Oxford this year, we are delighted to announce that we are running the course again in 2016. The dates for the course are Monday 27 June to Friday 1 July 2016 and further information can be found at:

Read about the publication school last year:


Improving trial reporting: a Q & A with Isabelle Boutron and introduction to the COBWEB tool

Deputy Editor Claire Barnard talks to Isabelle Boutron about her research article published recently in BMC Medicine. Isabelle and her colleagues demonstrate that the COBWEB writing aid tool can improve the completeness of clinical trial reporting. In the blog post, Prof Boutron answers questions about the study, and discusses the implications of their findings for improving the reporting of research.

This blog post is available at:

A history of the evolution of guidelines for reporting medical research: the long road to the EQUATOR Network

The James Lind Library has recently published an article by Doug Altman and Iveta Simera that highlights the earliest critics of medical research methodology and reporting quality and traces the history of research reporting guidelines and the establishment and development of the EQUATOR Network.

For more information visit:

New reporting guidelines added to the database

Over the past few months we have added 59 new reporting guidelines to the EQUATOR reporting guideline database. Below are just a few:

The REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely-collected health Data (RECORD) Statement

Preferred reporting items for studies mapping onto preference-based outcome measures: The MAPS statement

A checklist to improve reporting of group-based behaviour-change interventions

The PRISMA Extension Statement for Reporting of Systematic Reviews Incorporating Network Meta-analyses of Health Care Interventions: Checklist and Explanations

Transparent reporting of a multivariable prediction model for individual prognosis or diagnosis (TRIPOD): The TRIPOD statement

A full list of all the newly identified reporting guidelines is available from:


Updated STARD guideline published

The STARD group, an international group of scientists, journal editors, funders, journalists, and other stakeholders, has developed an updated list of items that should be included in every diagnostic accuracy study report. The STARD 2015 reporting guideline update has been published simultaneously in the British Medical Journal, Radiology, and Clinical Chemistry.

Patrick Bossuyt who led the development of the first STARD reporting guideline in 2003 and this new update STARD 2015 states “with this STARD 2015 list, reports of studies that have evaluated the performance of medical tests will be more informative, more transparent, and more helpful to clinicians and others that have to decide whether or not to order, recommend, or reimburse this test. This will benefit us all: as scientists, both also as patients, and as payers. Testing is not always helpful, it can also be useless, and even be harmful. Incomplete study reports can do harm, and they can lead to a waste of valuable resources”.

The updated reporting guideline, checklist and flow diagram are available from:


Four proposals to help improve the medical research literature

In an essay published recently in PLOS Medicine, EQUATOR’s David Moher and Doug Altman discuss four actions which journals and educational institutions could take to increase the value of research articles.

For more information please visit:

Canadian EQUATOR Centre news

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) have recently hired Dr. Kelly Cobey to serve in what is believed to be the first ever Publications Officer role. The OHRI Centre for Journalology, led by Dr. Moher, has generated a new web page of resources that outlines more information about the Publications Officer role. This website will also host any newly developed publication resources and tools.

For more information please visit: