According to the Equator Network, a reporting guideline is defined as "a simple, structured tool for health researchers to use while writing manuscripts". The Equator Network adds that "reporting guidelines are more than just some thoughts about what needs to be in an academic paper". They specifically define a reporting guideline as: “A checklist, flow diagram, or structured text to guide authors in reporting a specific type of research, developed using explicit methodology", adding that "whether presented as structured text or a checklist, a reporting guideline:
To view a list of reporting guidelines for a variety of study designs, view Equator Network's list here.
Commonly used guidelines in knowledge syntheses:
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