Manuscript Preparation: The ICMJE Recommendations
By the time you have reached this chapter, you would have learnt how to write a good report of your research and address most of the publication requirements and standards. And then, when you have a draft of your manuscript and have picked the right journal, it is time to check whether the manuscript format is suitable for the target journal. This may be the time when you will learn about or are advised to consult something that has been usually (and quite mysteriously) called URMs—Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts. It may be too late, especially if you have done a clinical trial and written an article to then realize that the requirement for the submission of such a report to the journal of your choice is the registration of your trial before the enrolment of the first patient. So, the URMs are something to be aware of and informed about before starting research.
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