Wednesday, April 01, 2015

B - Plain English in medical writing

Reeves A. Time to make it shorter: plain English in our context. Medical Writing 2015;24(1):4-8
(doi: 10.1179/2047480614Z.000000000268)

This article explores the relevance of George Orwell's six rules for clear writing, that he published in 1946, to medical writing. It makes recommendations how to apply them, and adds further rules to contribute to plain English.

B - Declaration of transparency

Catalá-López F, Peiró S, Hutton B, et al. Declaration of transparency: promoting a more complete, honest and adequate publication of scientific articles. Revista Española de Salud Pública 2014;88(2):181-186
(doi: 10.4321/S1135-57272014000200001)

To prevent and detect inappropriate conduct in scientific research, the authors of this article suggest to include a "transparency declaration" from the correspondent author when submitting papers to a journal. It should report that the manuscript submitted is a complete, honest, accurate and transparent manner of the study being reported, that no important aspects have been omitted and that any discrepancies from the study as planned have been in the manuscript.