REWARD/EQUATOR Conference Video
April 13, 2016
A video summary of the REWARD/EQUATOR conference in Edinburgh, in September 2015,
is now available.
The REWARD/EQUATOR conference brought together health research scientists, clinicians,
journal editors and peer reviewers, publishers, regulators, research funders, and
other professionals involved in research education, research governance and the
publication of medical research, to discuss and learn about Waste in Research.
EQUATOR Publication School
April 13, 2016
The EQUATOR Network are holding a 1-week summer school in Oxford, aimed at helping
authors plan, write publish, and disseminate their research. Spots are limited,
sign up here.
PRISMA Website re-design
October 19, 2015
The PRISMA website underwent a badly-needed update in September 2015 to update the
content of the website. We have updated the look of the site and added the PRISMA
extensions, translations, and information about review protocols.
Several PRISMA extensions have been published in 2015 so far.
October 19, 2015
- PRISMA-P for developing review protocols was published in January 2015 in Systematic
Reviews and the BMJ.
- PRISMA-IPD (individual patient data) was published in JAMA in April
- PRISMA-NMA (Network Meta-Analyses) was published in Annals of Internal Medicine
These are in addition to the PRISMA Abstract and Equity extensions, all found on
the PRISMA website, here.
Standards for the reporting of new Cochrane Intervention Reviews
As part of their Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR)
project, the Cochrane Collaboration has finalized reporting standards for authors of new Intervention Reviews.
The standards provide authors with a list of attributes that are either mandatory
or highly desirable to include in reports of Cochrane Intervention reviews. The
Collaboration intends that standards should help authors meet compliance with the
PRISMA Statement, which the Collaboration has endorsed since it was released in
Further details of the MECIR project can be found on the Cochrane Editorial Unit
website at: www.editorial-unit.cochrane.org/mecir
The EQUATOR Network and the German Cochrane Centre are organising their first scientific
symposium focusing on how to achieve high standards in publication of health research
The theme of the meeting is "ACT now: Accuracy, Completeness, and Transparency
in health research reporting" and it will be held in Freiburg, Germany,
11-12 October 2012.
Luis Gabriel Cuervo
Erik von Elm
Please come and share your experiences and take part in discussions on how to improve
health research reporting.
Please contact Iveta Simera, Head of Programme Development for the EQUATOR Network,
for more information.
tel: + 44 (0) 1865 284413; fax: + 44 (0) 1865 284424
"In memoriam: Alessandro Liberati".
It is with great sadness that the PRISMA group acknowledges the passing of a dear
friend and colleague, Professor Alessandro Liberati. Alessandro passed away on January
1st, 2012 at the age of 57 in Modena, Italy after a long battle with multiple myeloma.
In his 25 years working to improve evidence-based healthcare, he made a number of
important scientific contributions. In addition to being instrumental to the development
of PRISMA and leading the development of the Explanatory document, Alessandro was
the founding director of the Italian Cochrane Centre and his research helped make
quality of life assessment a standard part of clinical trials in Italy. In a recent
published contribution, Alessandro called for a new governance strategy which would
enable stakeholders and researchers to make decisions about which treatments to
study and outcomes to evaluate based on their relevance to patients. Alessandro
eagerly contributed to an upcoming PRISMA extension for protocols until at least
one month before his passing; his passion for high standards in scientific research
and determination to push forward patient-centred research, will be deeply missed.
Systematic review register - PROSPERO - launched!
March 22, 2011
We are pleased to announce that PROSPERO, the first online facility to prospectively
register systematic reviews, was launched in February 2011. PROSPERO is a global
initiative led by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York.
To find out more, click on the following link: www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/
Please forward this message and link to your colleagues!
Instructions for Authors of UK NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme (HTA)
January 6, 2011
The UK HTA program has released a guidance and resources for authors. It provides
very specific requirements on reporting and refer very clearly to the use of appropriate
guidelines, including PRISMA. PRISMA is highlighted as the guideline to use when
preparing HTA reports and a PRISMA checklist is required with submission of the
final HTA report.
The guidance aims to help authors with the preparation of HTA reports commissioned
by the HTA program, which are subsequently published in the journal Health Technology
Assessment and available on the HTA website.
Link to the guidance:
PRISMA webinar available on YouTube
Sept 15, 2010
Listen to David Moher's webinar for the Cochrane Canada spring series, entitled
Crystal clear reporting: importance of using PRISMA for systematic reviews. The
video run 57 minutes long and gives a run through of why transparent reporting is
important, how checklists can help, how to develop a reporting guideline, what different
organizations are doing towards improve reporting, PRISMA Statement and other resources.
Five top medical journals publish research guidelines developed in Ottawa
An international group led by Dr. David Moher of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
(OHRI) and the University of Ottawa has today released guidelines to improve how
highly influential reviews of medical and health research are reported. The guidelines
address systematic reviews and meta-analyses, which are considered the ‘gold standard'
of medical evidence because they systematically combine and summarize all research
from around the world on a given topic.
"Systematic reviews and meta-analyses frequently form the basis for clinical decisions,
but evidence suggests that in many cases these reviews are conducted and reported
poorly," said Dr. Moher, a Senior Scientist at OHRI and Associate Professor of Medicine
at the University of Ottawa. "Our guideline will help ensure that all relevant information
is included in these reviews, so that better and more informed health decisions
can be made."
The guideline is called the PRISMA Statement (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic
Reviews and Meta-Analyses) and it is published in Annals of Internal Medicine, PLoS
Medicine, Open Medicine, the British Medical Journal and the Journal of Clinical
Epidemiology. Among other things, it includes a 27-item checklist and flow chart
to follow when reporting a systematic review or meta-analysis.
The PRISMA Statement will promote more complete and transparent presentation of
syntheses of research findings," said Dr. Ian Graham, Vice President, Knowledge
Translation at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). "The Group's work
in developing these guidelines is an important international contribution to improving
the quality of health research."
By improving the reporting and hopefully the conduct of synthesis and meta-analysis
research, this work will also improve decision making by clinicians, policy makers
and the public by providing them with important information on which to judge the
quality and potential usefulness of the health information they are considering,"
Dr. Graham added.
Dr. Moher and his colleagues are encouraging medical journals and editorial groups
to endorse the PRISMA Statement and include it in their publishing instructions
for authors. More than 2,500 systematic reviews are published in English every year.
Development of the PRISMA Statement was funded by CIHR; Universita di Modena e Reggio
Emilia, Italy; Cancer Research UK; Clinical Evidence BMJ Knowledge; the Cochrane
Collaboration; and GlaxoSmithKline, Canada. For more information, see
Newsroom release appeared on July 21, 2009.