Improving trustworthiness in research in women's health: A collective effort by OBGYN Editors

Berghella, Vincenzo, Aviram, Amir, Chescheir, Nancy, de Costa, Caroline, Dicker, Patrick, Goggins, Amy, Gupta, Janesh K., D'Hooghe, Thomas M., Odibo, Anthony O., Papageorghiou, Aris, Saade, George, and Geary, Michael (2023) Improving trustworthiness in research in women's health: A collective effort by OBGYN Editors. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 64 (1). pp. 5-9.

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[Extract] Overall, more than 1.7 million entries were added to PubMed in 2022. Over 35 000 Obstetrics articles alone have been added per year since 2020, with that number reaching over 40 000 in 2021 and 2022. As the volume of published medical research articles continues to expand, so too do the occurrences of errors and outright research and publication misconduct. It is important for all stakeholders in medical research to take an active role in identifying possible errors, misconduct, and manipulation of the publication process. An ad hoc group of editors of journals related to obstetrics, gynaecology, women's health, and related topics are collectively focusing on the problem of manuscripts with flawed or fabricated data, or other types of misconduct. Although our initial focus is on randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews with or without meta-analysis, the principles apply across methodologies. We aim to improve the trustworthiness of published data in research in women's health with the processes we describe here.

Item ID: 80410
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1479-828X
Copyright Information: © 2023 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), John Wiley & Sons Limited and Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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This article is being published simultaneously in International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, AJOG MFM, BJOG: British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2024 04:11
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3215 Reproductive medicine > 321502 Obstetrics and gynaecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200199 Clinical health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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