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ERIC Number: EJ1144213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Rigor, Transparency, and Reporting Social Science Research: Why Guidelines Don't Have to Kill Your Story
Wharton, Tracy
Research on Social Work Practice, v27 n4 p487-493 Jul 2017
Dissemination of research is the most challenging aspect of building the evidence base. Despite peer review, evidence suggests that a substantial proportion of papers leave out details that are necessary to judge bias, consider replication, or initiate meta-analyses and systematic reviews. Reporting guidelines were created to ensure minimally adequate reporting of research and have become increasingly popular since the 1990s. There are over 200 guidelines for authors to assist in reporting a range of study methodologies. Although guidelines are freely available, they are underutilized and there is criticism regarding assumptions about methodologies targeted by guidelines. As journal editors lean into endorsements, social work authors may benefit from considering guidelines appropriate for their work. This article explores pros and cons of guideline use by authors and journals and presents some suggestions for the field of social work, including assessment of whether profession-specific reporting guidelines are needed, and cautions regarding limitations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Aging (DHHS/NIH)
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