After completing her PhD in health services research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Sara came to work at The BMJ in 2001 to conduct a randomised controlled trial of the effects of training peer reviewers, funded by the NHSE R&D programme. She now runs an extensive research programme for BMJ (the publishing group). Completed projects include: author surveys on the use of statistical expertise in medical research, preferences for presentational style of scientific research, perceptions of electronic publishing, attitudes towards open access publishing, reader surveys to understand the effect of competing interest statements on research credibility Current projects include evaluating quality indicators for research articles published in The BMJ, improving the quality of reporting of interventions in RCTs, and evaluating the extent and nature of doctors’ use of technology. For further information on many of these projects go to http://research.bmj.com.
I declare that that I have read and understood BMJ policy on declarations of interest. I hereby declare the following interests, according to the policy.
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I have received payment for teaching research writing skills by a postgraduate organisation, for research consultancy from the Council of Science Editors, and research consultancy (psychometric analysis) from the Department of Health.
All research papers that I submit to The BMJ undergo assessment and peer review by our external advisers. No members of The BMJ's staff are involved in the decision making on these papers and this is stated in the competing interests section of the papers. When I submit papers for publication about the publishing process and peer review to other journals, I declare that I am employed by The BMJ.
I regularly collaborate with external researchers at various universities who may have received research grants. I have previously received research grants from COPE, but not in the last 36 months.
Unpaid positions (current)
I have been an honorary lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine since I left full time employment with them in 2001. While many of my colleagues at LSHTM submit research to The BMJ, I am not involved in making decisions on what gets published in the journal.