Why are reporting practices important?

Transparent reporting is essential to enhance reproducibility.

In order to successfully reproduce scientific research, it is pivotal that study design, methods, results and statistical analyses are described in a transparent manner.

Transparent reporting can increase confidence in our results.

Contribute to improving the quality of scientific literature.

Transparent reporting is endorsed by funding agencies and top tier journals.

Authors, peer reviewers and academic journals share the responsibility when it comes to utilizing and endorsing reporting guidelines.

Reporting guidelines are developed through consultations with members of various scientific communities that hold significant expertise and aim to address the following:

The National Institute of Health, along with a group of multidisciplinary stakeholders, generated a list of essential items to consider when designing a preclinical study and when reporting the methods and results of preclinical research in a manuscript. This guideline is considered the gold standard of reporting for preclinical research and is endorsed by many academic journals and funding agencies.

To find fact sheets about each of the NIH preclinical reporting guidelines, navigate the Design tab.