To ensure that articles published in Spring Library journals have high standards of transparency and reproducibility, we strongly encourage authors to use appropriate reporting guidelines when preparing and submitting the articles. We also support our editors and reviewers in the use of these guidelines to aid their assessment of articles during the review process.
What are reporting guidelines
Reporting guidelines outline the information needed in an article about research using a particular study design, as defined by experts in the field. They are structured tools that usually include a checklist to be completed by the authors, along with other documents such as flowcharts. Reporting guidelines aim to ensure that articles can be:
- Understood by a researcher
- Replicated by a researcher
- Included in a systematic review
Which reporting guideline should I use
Non-randomized controlled trials
Animal preclinical studies
Genetic association studies
Are reporting guidelines mandated
While authors are not currently required to complete checklists on submission, we strongly encourage the use of relevant reporting guidelines when preparing research articles. Our reviewers and editors are also encouraged to refer to these guidelines during the review process.
We are considering enforcing several reporting standards in the future.