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The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

Other resources can be found at NLM's Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

Standardized gene nomenclature should be used. Human gene symbols and names can be found at the HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database and any enquiries, or requests for new gene symbols, should be directed there. Committees for other species are listed here. For mutation nomenclature use the guidelines suggested by the Human Genome Variation Society.

To maximize re-use and utility of published research we expect authors to comply with available field-specific standards for the preparation and recording of data. Refer to the BioSharing website for information on field-specific data standards.

Algal, Fungal, and Botanical Names

From January 2012 electronic publication of algal, fungal, and botanical names is a valid form of publication. Manuscripts containing new taxon names or other nomenclature acts must follow guidelines set by the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants. Authors describing new fngal taxa should register the names with a recognized repository such as Mycobank, and request a unique digital identifier which should be included in the published article.

Zoological Names

From January 2012 electronic publication of zoological names is a valid form of publication if certain conditions are met. Manuscripts must follow guidelines set by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. The new taxon name and the article it is published in should be registered in ZooBank. The ZooBank unique identifier should be included in the published article.

Any software application, database, or other tool should be available for anonymous testing by reviewers. It should be available through a website or be included with the manuscript as an additional tool.

SAGE conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

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