21 . Reporting Guidelines

Authors are strongly encouraged to refer to the scientific reporting guidelines for health research, hosted by the EQUATOR Network (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research).

Authors should adhere to these scientific reporting guidelines when drafting their manuscript. Separate guidelines are available for each study design and topic under study. Although JPMA has not made the submission of these checklists mandatory, doing so will aid in the processing of the manuscripts. A quick overview of the most commonly used study design methods are listed below. If you are not sure which guideline to use, use the new tool developed by EQUATOR Network and Penelope Research to guide the authors.

Study Design Checklist Website
Observational Studies in Epidemiology(cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional studies) STROBE http://www.strobe-statement.org/index.php?id=strobe-home
Case Reports   http://www.care-statement.org/
Infection Control Intervention Studies ORION http://www.idrn.org/orion.php
Tumour Marker Prognostic Studies REMARK  
Genetic Association Studies STREGA http://www.medicine.uottawa.ca/public-health-genomics/web/eng/strega.html
Randomised Control Trials CONSORT http://www.consort-statement.org/
Non-Randomised Controlled Trials TREND http://www.cdc.gov/trendstatement/
Diagnostic Accuracy Studies STARD http://www.stard-statement.org/
Reliability and Agreement Studies GRRAS  
Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses PRISMA http://www.prisma-statement.org/
Study Protocols SPIRIT http://www.spirit-statement.org/
Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies MOOSE  
Qualitative Research Studies SRQR  
Qualitative Research (focus groups and interviews) COREQ http://intqhc.oxfordjournals.org/content/19/6/349.long
Quality Improvement Studies SQUIRE http://www.squire-statement.org/
Multivariate Prediction Models TRIPOD http://www.tripod-statement.org/