Peer review

ICMJE-Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals
Both to review best practices and ethical standards in the conduct and reporting of research and other material published in medical journals, and to help authors, editors, and others involved in peer review and biomedical publishing to create, review and distribute accurate, clear, reproducible, unbiased medical journal articles.
These recommendations give journals, reviewers and editors hands-on guidance on how to deal with their specific responsibilities in the publication process and are intended primarily for use by authors who might submit their work for publication to the International Committee of Medical journal Editors (ICMJE)’s member journals. However, many non-ICMJE journals voluntarily use these recommendations. The ICMJE encourages that use but has no authority to monitor or enforce it. In all cases, authors should use these recommendations along with individual journals’ instructions to authors. Authors should also use tailored guidelines for reporting of specific study types (e.g., the CONSORT guidelines for the reporting of randomized trials). Journals that follow these recommendations are encouraged to incorporate them into their instructions to authors and to make explicit in those instructions that they follow ICMJE recommendations.
Reference of the resource
Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) (2019).
Publication and communication
Use of reporting guidelines
Peer review
Predatory publishing
Type of resource:
Relevant discipline(s):
Medical science (incl. biomedicine)
Relevant stakeholder(s):
All stakeholders of scientific research
Relevant organisational level(s):
Institution (meso level)
Individual (micro level)
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