Cobo E, Cortés J, Ribera IM et al. Effect of using reporting guidelines during peer review on quality of final manuscripts submitted to a biomedical journal: masked randomised trial. BMJ 2011;343:d6783
According to this study, additional reviews based on reporting guidelines (such as STROBE and CONSORT) result in a moderate improvement in manuscript quality. Nevertheless, authors in a mid-level medical journal have difficulties in adhering to high methodological standards at the latest research phases. To boost paper quality and impact, authors should be aware of future requirements of reporting guidelines at the very beginning of their study.