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Publications and the IRB

The IRB occasionally fields queries about writing up research results for publication. Please note that the IRB has no input or oversight of the content of manuscripts or other publications. It is the researcher’s ethical responsibility to accurately reflect their research in any publications.

The one thing the IRB asks related to publications is that if you publish any study results while your study is still open at the IRB, please attach a copy of any publications to your next continuing review.

And if you’re looking for guidance on how to write up research results, there’s certainly no shortage of it out there. You can start with: How to write a scientific manuscript for publication; How to write your first research paper; and Preparing Manuscripts for Publication in Psychology Journals: A Guide for New Authors.

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), releases “Uniform Requirements” for writing manuscripts. Now renamed “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals” (ICMJE Recommendations), the document was revised in 2013, 2014, 2015 and the current version in 2016. It is available at the ICMJE website.