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Research and Reporting Methods

Articles related to research methods or reporting standards. [Peer reviewed]


≤ 275 words
Abstract format and word limits depend on the content of the article. If article is a narrative overview, the abstract should be unstructured. If article presents original research or a systematic review, follow those guidelines for structured abstract.


3500 (excludes references), note that if accepted for publication the editors may request shortening even if manuscript falls below this limit
Note: Research and Reporting Methods articles that present original data (e.g., original research or systematic reviews/meta-analyses) should follow our guidance for the pertinent article type.


75 or fewer bibliographic references


Aim to include no more than 4 tables or figures (combined) within the body of the manuscript. Additional tables and figures can be included as appendix material.

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