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From Checklists to Tools: Lowering the Barrier to Better Research Reporting

The number of reporting checklists (such as CONSORT for clinical trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews, STARD for diagnostic accuracy studies, and many more) are proliferating as part of an effort to improve research quality and reduce waste associated with unclear or incomplete reporting. PLOS Medicine has published and supported several checklist-based reporting guidelines that have become widely used, and in some cases required by journals as supporting information in submitted manuscripts.

In light of the expanding number of research reporting guidelines available and recent research and technology development, the PLOS Medicine Editors reflect on the future of research reporting checklists in this month's Editorial.

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