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Table 1 Submission questions used to prompt for reporting guidelines

From: Simple decision-tree tool to facilitate author identification of reporting guidelines during submission: a before–after study

a) Initial question introduced to the Editorial Manager submission system Standards of reporting [journal name] advocates the complete and transparent reporting of research and methods. Authors are required to append the appropriate reporting guideline checklist to their manuscript on submission where applicable. Checklists are available for a number of study designs from the EQUATOR Network. See BioMed Central’s policy page for further information. Please confirm you have included as additional files the required reporting guideline checklist (and relevant extensions) and flow diagram for your study type from the EQUATOR Network. • I have followed the relevant reporting for my study type, and included a populated checklist with my submission. • Not applicable for my study.
b) Altered question after introduction of decision-tree tool Standards of reporting [journal name] advocates the complete and transparent reporting of research and methods. Authors are required to append the appropriate reporting guideline checklist to their manuscript on submission where applicable. Find the right guidelines for my study. Please confirm you have included as additional files the required reporting guideline checklist (and relevant extensions) and flow diagram for your study type from the EQUATOR Network. See BioMed Central’s policy page for further information. • I have followed the relevant reporting for my study type, and included a populated checklist with my submission. • Not applicable for my study. [to c]
c) Sub-question prompted by authors stating there were no applicable reporting guidelines The EQUATOR Network have been working with Penelope to create a tool to help authors find and use the relevant reporting guidelines for their study. Find the right guidelines for my study. • I have followed the relevant reporting for my study type, and included a populated checklist with my submission. • There are no relevant guidelines for my study type.