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Table 3 Summary outcomes from the two cohorts

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

Outcome Before After p value
No. of manuscripts included in analysis 300 290 − 11
No. with applicable reporting guidelines 224 (75%) 217 (75%) 0.2% 0.96
Correct reporting guideline identified 70 (31%) 86 (40%) 8.4% <0.0001
Identified the incorrect reporting guideline 7 (3.1%) 3 (1.4%) − 1.7% 0.10
Incorrectly stated that none are relevant 82 (37%) 49 (23%) − 14% <0.0001
Correctly stated that relevant reporting guidelines exist, but not which 65 (29%) 79 (36%) 7.4% 0.04
No. without applicable reporting guidelines 76 (25%) 73 (25%) − 0.2% 0.96
Correctly stated none relevant 50 (66%) 47 (64%) − 1.4% 0.65
Incorrectly stated that relevant reporting guidelines exist, but not which 26 (34%) 26 (36%) 1.4% 0.48