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1.Groves T. Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of Health
Research, BMJ, 2008; 8: 337, a718.
2.Moher D, Simera I, Schulz KF, Hoey J, Altman DG. Helping editors,
peer reviewers and authors improve the clarity, completeness and
transparency of reporting health research. BMC Med 2008;6:13.
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28 October 2008
EQUATOR Network Project Manager
Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford, UK, OX2 6UD