Scientific Reporting

Raising the Standards

Published in: Health Education and Behavior, v. 43, no. 5, Oct. 2016, p. 501-508

Posted on RAND.org on November 08, 2016

by Kenneth McLeroy, Whitney Garney, Evan Mayo-Wilson, Sean Grant

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This article is based on a presentation that was made at the 2014 annual meeting of the editorial board of Health Education & Behavior. The article addresses critical issues related to standards of scientific reporting in journals, including concerns about external and internal validity and reporting bias. It reviews current reporting guidelines, effects of adopting guidelines, and offers suggestions for improving reporting. The evidence about the effects of guideline adoption and implementation is briefly reviewed. Recommendations for adoption and implementation of appropriate guidelines, including considerations for journals, are provided.

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