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April 2008

Transparency in the conduct and reporting of health research is the concern of this month's editorial, which announces the launch of the new Guidelines and Guidance section in PLoS Medicine. The section will include articles that raise awareness of new methodological approaches, community standards for reporting and carrying out research, and guides to approaching statistical and methodological issues. Proposals for papers to be considered for this section can be entered through our presubmission system.

PLoS Medicine has actively promoted standards to improve the conduct and quality of research, including papers detailing the STROBE guidelines for observational studies (von Elm, et al. e296; Vandenbroucke, et al. e297) and the CONSORT statement for abstracts of randomized controlled trials (Hopewell, et al. e20). As the editorial mentions, the new section is timely, given the inaugural meeting of the EQUATOR (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health Research) network in June, an initiative to provide resources and training relating to good research reporting.

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