CONSORT Statement

CONSORT, which stands for Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials, encompasses various initiatives developed by the CONSORT Group to alleviate the problems arising from inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials (RCTs).

PRISMA Statement

PRISMA stands for Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses. It is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses

STARD Statement

The objective of the STARD initiative is to improve the accuracy and completeness of reporting of studies of diagnostic accuracy, to allow readers to assess the potential for bias in the study (internal validity) and to evaluate its generalisability (external validity).

STROBE Statement

STROBE stands for an international, collaborative initiative of epidemiologists, methodologists, statisticians, researchers and journal editors involved in the conduct and dissemination of observational studies, with the common aim of STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology.

The open-access journal, PLoS Medicine, has published a paper written by the EQUATOR team, "Guidance for developers of health research reporting guidelines.” The paper draws on extensive experience in the development of reporting guidelines and offers very practical guidance to scientists considering the development of newly needed guidelines or extending and updating existing guidelines.