Research to Publication e-learningBMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i796 (Published 10 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i796
- Trish Groves, head of research
- The BMJ, London, UK
“What should we think about researchers who use the wrong techniques (either wilfully or in ignorance), use the right techniques wrongly, misinterpret their results, report their results selectively, cite the literature selectively, and draw unjustified conclusions? We should be appalled. Yet numerous studies of the medical literature, in both general and specialist journals, have shown that all of the above phenomena are common...This is surely a scandal.”
This extract from an editorial in The BMJ by statistics professor Doug Altman is more than 20 years old.1 Sadly, things haven’t improved all that much, and we know that health research efforts and resources continue to be wasted in high and lower income countries alike.2 There’s waste in publishing too. Editors reject papers because research questions and methods are inadequate, and papers get retracted because they are unusable or untrustworthy.
This is why BMJ has spent 18 months, in collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), developing Research to Publication (https://rtop.bmj.com/). This is a comprehensive e-learning programme on developing skills in clinical and public health research …