We are changing our requirements on transparency in the reporting of research

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For over a year now, the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics has required authors to make a declaration on the transparency of reporting of their research. This has essentially required a statement that work is consistent with principles of CONSORT, STROBE or PRISMA, depending on the type of research that is being described. This is a strategy that we adopted in order to improve quality in the research that we publish and to commit our authors to high standards of integrity in their work.

In the New Year we will be taking this a step further by tightening requirements for studies which describe clinical trials/randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews:

Systematic reviews: must be registered with PROSPERO (https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/searchquick.php?usehomepage=true). Details of the registration, including registration identification number, should be provided in the Transparency Declaration.

Clinical/RCTs: must be registered in a public trials registry. Such registries include ICMJE-approved public trials registries (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov, http://www.anzctr.org.au/, http://www.isrctn.org, http://www.umin.ac.jp, http://www.trialregister.nl). Manuscripts must  report the study ID number and the website where the clinical trial is registered in the manuscript Transparency Declaration.

Without these registrations we will not consider work for publication, unless the authors apply for an exemption, the justification for which would then be published as supplementary material with the paper.

It is important to consider this new requirement now, as registration of trials generally requires registration of the protocols and statistical approaches at the start of the project.  The work you start today and plan to publish with us in 2019 may not be eligible unless you register it now. As there is a long lead in from study initiation to submission of manuscripts we expect that there will be a lot of exemptions granted in the first year of this new policy; a period of transition from current arrangements to the full implementation.

Changes to our guidelines for authors will be published on our website in the near future and the new approach will be launched with an editorial in the January issue of the the journal.

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