Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford


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Technical Summary

The aim of the project is to improve the quality and reliability of medical publications by promoting the transparent and accurate reporting of health research.||Over the next five years, the core programme of the EQUATOR Network will provide set of deliverables enabling better reporting, better reviewing, and better editing of health research publications. The key deliverables include:|1. Internet-based resource centre|2. Training programme relating to the reporting and use of reporting guidelines|


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Description Citation of resources developed by our group by a number journals, research institutions, and funders
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL http://www.consort-statement.org/about-consort/impact-of-consort
Description CSO Grant
Amount £15,000 (GBP)
Organisation Chief Scientist Office 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2009 
End 03/2012
Description Medical Research Council
Amount £380,000 (GBP)
Organisation Medical Research Council (MRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2012 
End 06/2016
Description NIHR Grant
Amount £240,000 (GBP)
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2010 
End 03/2013
Description National Institute for Innovation and Improvement Grant
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation NHS England 
Department NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2008 
End 04/2009
Title Library for Health Research Reporting: Database of research reporting guidelines 
Description Our Library for Health Research Reporting is a fully searchable coded database of reporting guidelines publications and other resources that facilitate the responsible publication of health related research. The database is regularly updated and now contains approximately 400 reporting guidelines. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2013 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The database is hosted online on the EQUATOR website. It is frequently visited and used by users from all around the world (38,000 per month to the website, and constantly rising). It can and has been used as a resource for identifying available reporting guidelines and for conducting research into the development of these guidelines, their impact, or gaps in their availability. Journals/publishers increasingly ask authors to check our database before submission and provide links to the EQUATOR database. Authors increasingly contact us to ask which reporting guideline they should use to report their particular study, and often let us know afterwards if their research papers were successfully published following their enquiry to us for advice. 
URL http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/
Description Collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization to raise standards of health research reporting in the Pan American regions 
Organisation Pan American Health Organization
Department PAHO Research Promotion and Development
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The main aim of the collaboration is to raise research reporting standards in South America. The initial phase of this collaboration was a translation of the EQUATOR Network's online Library for Health Research Reporting into Spanish. EQUATOR team members developed and maintain our Library, and produce regular newsletters that are now being translated into Spanish under this collaboration. We also heavily contribute to the direct and indirect dissemination of our work to South American journal editors. EQUATOR's Caroline Struthers, Jennifer de Beyer and Iveta Simera wrote and edited a significant proportion of a four-module online course on enhancing the value and use of research, which was published on the PAHO's CITI Training Platform in June 2017. EQUATOR's Michael Schlussel contributed a Portuguese promotional video.
Collaborator Contribution PAHO has contributed translations, dissemination contacts and practical help with dissemination of the outputs of our collaborative work. PAHO contributed organisational, authorship, editorial and translation expertise to create a four-module online course on enhancing the value and use of research. PAHo translated the modules into Spanish and Portuguese and made them available on its Virtual Campus alongside the English version.
Impact Spanish translation of the English EQUATOR Network website that hosts the online Library for Health Research Reporting. Portuguese translation of the English EQUATOR Network website that hosts the online Library for Health Research Reporting. Regular Spanish EQUATOR Newsletters Promotion campaign targetting South American health research journals Iveta Simera presented at the 4th University Internationalization Seminar organised by PAHO, the Organisation of American States and COIMBRA Group for high representatives of Brazilian Universities in 2016. In 2017, four published online modules were made available via the CITI Program in English, Portguguese and Spanish. The modules are also freely available to all PAHO-supported scholars via the PAHO Virtual Campus. Promotional videos in English, Portuguese and Spanish were also created. (https://www.campusvirtualsp.org/en)
Start Year 2010