Useful and Recommended Resources, Documents and Links for Authors, Reviewers, and Editors


Main Sources

International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)

Council of Science Editors (CSE)

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

US National Library of Medicine (NLM)

US Office of Research Integrity (ORI)

European Association of Science Editors (EASE)

International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE)

Forum for African Medical Editors (FAME)

Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME)

Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research (EQUATOR)


EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles to be Published in English (June 2012)

“EASE guidelines for authors and translators” Translations

ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (Updated December 2014)

EASE Toolkit for Authors

EQUATOR Resources for Authors

Instructions to Authors in the Health Sciences (Mulford Health Science Library)

Guidelines for authors (Croatian Medical Journal)

Reporting Guidelines
Randomized controlled trials - CONSORT

CONSORT translations

Standard protocol items for randomized trials – SPRIT

Observational research: cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional studies - STROBE

Diagnostic accuracy studies - STARD

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses - PRISMA

Non-randomized behavioral and public health intervention trials - TREND

Experimental animal trials - ARRIVE

For further information on the reporting guidelines: EQUATOR network

American Psychological Association’s (APA) Reporting Standards for Research in Psychology

MIBBI Minimum Information guidelines from diverse bioscience communities

Sex and Gender Equity in Research: SAGER Guideline


Clinical Trials Registry

WHO’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)

Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR)

Brazilian Clinical Trials Registry (ReBec)

Chinese Clinical Trial Registry (ChiCTR)

Clinical Research Information Service (CRiS), Republic of Korea

Clinical Trials Registry - India (CTRI)

Cuban Public Registry of Clinical Trials (RPCEC)

EU Clinical Trials Register (EU-CTR)

German Clinical Trials Register (DRKS)

Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials (IRCT)

Japan Primary Registries Network (JPRN)

The Netherlands National Trial Register (NTR)

Pan African Clinical Trial Registry (PACTR)

Sri Lanka Clinical Trials Registry (SLCTR)

WHO’s International Standards for Clinical Trial Registries


ICMJE Recommendations

COPE Guidelines

COPE Flowcharts and their Translations

EASE Ethics Checklist for Authors

CSE White Paper on Publication Ethics

WAME Policies and Resources

ORI Handling Misconduct

Helsinki Declaration (WMA, 2013)

Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals (2011)

ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest

Criteria for authorship (ICMJE: authorship and contributorship)

Multiple Submission, Duplicate Submission and Duplicate Publication (Cem Uzun, 2013)

COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers

Plagiarism software (iThenticate)

eTBLAST: a text-similarity based search engine

Deja Vu: a Database of Highly Similar Citations


CAB Abstracts

Chemical Abstracts





Global Health

Google Scholar

Index Copernicus

Journal Citation Reports



Science Citation Index

Science Citation Index Expanded (Web of Science)

Master Journal List (Web of Science)


Thomson Reuters EndNote Web

Thomson Reuters ResearcherID

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge


Style and Format
The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers

SI Conversion Calculator (AMA Manual of Style)

SI Units for Clinical Data

ICMJE Reference listings standards

Journal Abbreviations


Guidelines for Editors
ICMJE Publishing and Editorial Issues

COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors

Golden Rules for Scholarly Journal Editors

EASE Toolkit for Journal Editors

EASE Publications

EQUATOR Resources for editors and peer reviewers

FAME Editorial Guidelines

EMAME Manual for Editors of Health Science Journals

WAME Syllabus for Prospective and Newly Appointed Editors

COPE Short Guide to Ethical Editing for New Editors

WAME Policies and Resources

International Standards for Editors (Kleinert & Wager, 2011)

CSE’s White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications, 2012 Update

How COPE handles complaints against member journals

COPE Retraction Guidelines

COPE Guidance for Editors: Research, Audit and Service Evaluations

INASP Editor's Resource Pack