Centre of Expertise Urban Vitality

Journals' instructions to authors

a cross-sectional study across scientific disciplines


<p>In light of increasing calls for transparent reporting of research and prevention of detrimental research practices, we conducted a cross-sectional machine-assisted analysis of a representative sample of scientific journals' instructions to authors (ItAs) across all disciplines. We investigated addressing of 19 topics related to transparency in reporting and research integrity. Only three topics were addressed in more than one third of ItAs: conflicts of interest, plagiarism, and the type of peer review the journal employs. Health and Life Sciences journals, journals published by medium or large publishers, and journals registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) were more likely to address many of the analysed topics, while Arts & Humanities journals were least likely to do so. Despite the recent calls for transparency and integrity in research, our analysis shows that most scientific journals need to update their ItAs to align them with practices which prevent detrimental research practices and ensure transparent reporting of research.</p>

Reference Malički, M., Aalbersberg, IJ. J., Bouter, L., & ter Riet, G. (2019). Journals' instructions to authors: a cross-sectional study across scientific disciplines. PLoS ONE , 14(9), Article e0222157. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0222157
Published by  Urban Vitality 5 September 2019

Publication date

Sep 2019


Mario Malički
IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg
Lex Bouter


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