What Is the Author Declaration of Transparency?
Raquel Christie, Editorial Assistant
With the new year, Obstetrics & Gynecology
has made a few changes to help clarify the role of authors on their manuscripts. Along with a new Author Agreement form
, we’ve introduced the “Author Declaration of Transparency,” which aims to encourage lead authors to take greater responsibility for their work and help guarantee the quality of information published in our journal.
Effective January 1, 2014, all evidence-based research submissions (ie, original research reports) must include a transparency declaration statement by the paper’s lead author. When the lead author signs this statement, he or she is telling the editors that the contents of the manuscript are not misleading. He or she is essentially acting as a “guarantor” for the quality and accuracy of the paper.
The exact statement is as follows:
The lead author* affirms that this manuscript is an honest, accurate, and transparent account of the study being reported; that no important aspects of the study have been omitted; and that any discrepancies from the study as planned (and, if relevant, registered) have been explained.
Signed by: _________________
*The manuscript’s guarantor.
The transparency declaration statement should appear in the submission’s cover letter, or be uploaded in Editorial Manager as a separate attachment (with the rest of the manuscript files).
For more background on the declaration of transparency, see the original 2013 editorial in BMJ
by Altman and Moher (BMJ 2013;347:f4796