Monday, October 22, 2007

How to write a research paper

strobeThe STROBE statement (STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology) is an attempt to improve the quality of biomedical research papers:
Much biomedical research is observational. The reporting of such research is often inadequate, which hampers the assessment of its strengths and weaknesses and of a study's generalisability.
But wait, that also sounds like a lot of educational research! Maybe application of the STROBE statement by authors and referees might improve the quality of papers in this field too. Here's the STROBE checklist:

  • Title & Abstract
  • Introduction: Background/rationale, objectives
  • Methods: Study design, setting, participants, variable, data sources/measurement, bias, study size, quantitative variables, statistical methods
  • Results: Participants, descriptive data, outcome data, main results, other analyses
  • Discussion: Key results, limitations, interpretation, generalisability
  • Other Information: Funding

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