Using the SPIRIT statement to improve trial protocols

We have updated our instructions for authors to show that we now encourage the use of the SPIRIT statement. SPIRIT (Standard Protocol Items: Recommendations for Interventional Trials) is ‘an international initiative that aims to improve the quality of clinical trial protocols by defining an evidence-based set of items to address in a protocol’. Its creation […]

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2012 year in review

  2012 was a hugely successful year for BMJ Open. We published four times as many papers as in 2011. Credit for this must go, first and foremost, to the hundreds of reviewers who have given their time to assess manuscripts. We are also grateful that so many authors have chosen to publish with us. […]

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Most read articles in November

The most read article in November was Arroll and Howard’s newly published prospective study on therapeutic approaches to myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. The second most read was also a new study, by Liao and colleagues, on the content and quality of information in online advertisements for female genital cosmetic surgery. Rank Author(s) Title 1 Arroll […]

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Most read articles in July

The most read article in July was Heneghan and colleagues’ analysis of sports performance products, which received widespread press attention and was also accompanied by a BBC Panorama special. The second most read paper, Katzmarzyk and Lee’s life table analysis of life expectancy and sedentary behaviour, also received large amounts of press coverage both in […]

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