For research to be used to build evidence and guide practice decisions, studies need to be reported accurately, completely, and without bias. Standardized reporting guidelines have been developed to improve the quality of manuscripts on different types of studies. Reporting guidelines are often in the form of a checklist, ensuring that authors include important elements in their manuscripts. Research has shown that authors who use standardized reporting guidelines submit higher quality manuscripts that include essential information. This article describes common reporting guidelines that can be used by nurse authors when preparing their manuscripts.
Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing, Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, NC.
Michael S. Eskew, DNP, RN, AGNP-BC Nurse Practitioner, Primary Health Partners, Oklahoma City, OK.
Jamie L. Conklin, MSLIS Health Sciences Librarian, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Dennis C. Williams, PhD Dean of Teaching and Learning and Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK.
The authors have declared no conflict of interest.
Correspondence: Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Duke University School of Nursing, DUMC 3322, 307 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710. E-mail: email@example.com