A reporting guideline is a simple, structured tool for health researchers to use while writing manuscripts. A reporting guideline provides a minimum list of information needed to ensure a manuscript can be, for example:
●Understood by a reader,
●Replicated by a researcher,
●Used by a doctor to make a clinical decision, and
●Included in a systematic review.
Reporting guidelines are more than just some thoughts about what needs to be in an academic paper. We define a reporting guideline as:
“A checklist, flow diagram, or structured text to guide authors in reporting a specific type of research, developed using explicit methodology.”
Whether presented as structured text or a checklist, a reporting guideline:
●presents a clear list of reporting items that should appear in a paper and
●explains how the list was developed.
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