Research Reporting

The REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely collected Data (RECORD) initiative was established to develop guidelines for the reporting of observational studies using routinely collected data. These guidelines were created as an extension of the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) guidelines, in order to address issues unique to studies using routinely collected health data.


The use of reporting guidelines by editors, peer reviewers, and authors is an effective strategy to improve the medical literature and reduce research waste. The RECORD guidelines have been rigorously developed with the input of >100 stakeholders, and have been endorsed by the STROBE initiative and EQUATOR network.  These guidelines have been endorsed and implemented by many leading journals with continuing implementation activity. Dr Langan is co-chair for the RECORD initiative and Professor Smeeth is on the Steering committee.

For an overview of our work, please see our conference poster from the Farr conference 2016

For further information, please see the RECORD website:

And relevant editorials can be found here: