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What is PRISMA endorsement?

PRISMA endorsement by journals is typically exemplified by a statement in the journal's Instructions to Authors indicating the journal’s support of PRISMA, typically in the form of a recommendation to authors to adhere to the PRISMA checklist and to use a PRISMA flow diagram in their systematic review manuscripts.

Why Endorse PRISMA?

Several investigations have evaluated whether PRISMA endorsement is associated with the completeness of reporting of systematic reviews; at least three of which have been summarized in a recently published systematic review. The results of the review suggest that journal endorsement of PRISMA associated with more complete reporting of systematic reviews overall. We believe that this kind of evidence is just the sort of information journals, editorial groups, and individuals need to help them decide upon whether to endorse the PRISMA Statement.

If you would like to improve the reporting completeness of systematic reviews in your journals, one of the best ways is to endorse the PRISMA Statement.

How to Endorse PRISMA

Include mention of the PRISMA Statement and reference the PRISMA website in your journal's instructions to authors for reporting of systematic reviews, or in the organization’s resource section

Our suggested text to include in journal’s instructions for authors is as follows:

"[journal name] requires a completed PRISMA checklist and flow diagram as a condition of submission when reporting findings from a systematic review or meta-analysis. Templates for these can be found here or on the PRISMA website which also describes several PRISMA checklist extensions for different designs and types of data beyond conventional systematic reviews evaluating randomized trials. At minimum, your article should report the content addressed by each item of the checklist. Meeting these basic reporting requirements will greatly improve the value of your review and may enhance its chances for eventual publication."

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Write an editorial in the journal to this effect along with the journal's policy on helping to improve the quality of reporting systematic reviews.

Additional resources to help journals develop editorial policies around reporting guidelines can be found on the EQUATOR Network website

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