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Reporting

Meta-research and Innovation in how research is communicated

Meta-Research in the Reporting domain aims at understanding how research is communicated in scientific publications and in the scientific and lay media, looking also at the relationship between the strengths of claims and of the supporting evidence. Specific objectives include:

  • Describing, quantifying, understanding the prevalence of and main causes of reporting and publication biases in research as well as in communication to patients, policy-makers and the public
  • Assessing the effectiveness of current bias-prevention methods, including clinical trial registration and reporting guidelines
  • Identifying and assessing the effects of conflicts of interest, which can be not only financial but also ideological, cultural or professional

Innovation can help drive improvements to scientific communication by developing new approaches, methods, tools and policies to:

  • Improve the quality, completeness and transparency of reporting in scientific journals
  • Develop new or augmented ways to report research outside of traditional journal mechanisms
  • Develop reporting standards and promote their use
  • Develop ways to use pre-study registration to reduce reporting biases
  • Reduce, manage and report conflicts of interest