Planning your research
Resources to help you from initial question through ethical considerations
The quality of a research paper depends primarily on the quality of the research study it reports. However, there is also much that authors can do to maximise the clarity and usefulness of their papers.
The research question should be stated clearly, along with an explanation of where it came from and why it is important. [ … ]
Over many years Doug Altman, professor of medical statistics, and other methodologists have come to the rescue through publications on study design and analysis and through developing standardised ways of reporting research clearly and fully. [ … ]
Thorough and transparent reporting of clinical trials is particularly important. Their results underpin many clinical policies and funding decisions about treatments,and it is vital that their findings are robust and reliable. [ … ]
There are differing definitions of scientific misconduct. We deal with these problems at BMJ on a case by case basis while following guidance produced by bodies that include the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). [ … ]
Finding the right way to encourage authors to declare any relevant interests is a thorny issue, but it’s one worth tackling. [ … ]