Research reporting guidelines are documents that provide explicit recommendations on what information should be provided in reports on specific types of research. They aim to produce research publications in abnormal and clinical psychology that have sufficient details to interpret and apply study results. This entry discusses the importance of well-reported studies, how reporting guidelines came to exist, and current resources for using reporting guidelines.

Importance of High-Quality Research Reporting

Reporting study findings is a stage of research that is inseparably linked to study design and data analysis. Because research studies can be inadequately designed and conducted, the ability of research consumers to ethically and appropriately use research findings depends heavily on the information presented in research reports. Peer-reviewed academic journals in particular are the most common ...

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