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Johns Hopkins Biostatistics Center

Communicating Results

Biostatisticians can help researchers prepare abstracts, presentations and manuscripts to accurately interpret their study results for dissemination.

Support for this task may be part of a collaboration agreement, a fee-for-service contract, or support from an ICTR request. The extent of support required will depend on the biostatistician’s previous involvement with the research study.

What We Offer

  • Data preparation and clean up for analysis, as needed
  • Statistical analyses
  • Data visualization
  • Preparation of statistical analysis section and results description
  • Overall review of manuscript, abstract or presentation for readability, accuracy of results presented and identification of any inconsistencies
  • Response to reviewer comments

Authorship

As partners with our collaborators in providing quality dissemination of their research results, it is important to be recognized for the intellectual contributions and scientific assistance provided by the biostatistician(s). The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has issued guidelines for when the efforts of the biostatistician(s) should be recognized with co-authorship as follows: 

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work

  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content

  • Final approval of the version to be published

  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved

Payment for services is not a substitute for such recognition. Some journals request acknowledgement of each co-author’s role, and other institutions have instituted policies for such acknowledgement e.g., Vanderbilt University. The discussion of co-authorship is part of the collaboration/consultation process.

An additional note about acknowledgements relates to whether the research project’s efforts were supported by the NIH CTSA grant through an ICTR request. To recognize the assistance provided by this grant, NIH requests that the following statement be included as an acknowledgement in any dissemination of the supported research.

We would like to acknowledge support for the statistical analysis from the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health through Grant Number 1UL1TR001079.

Timeframe Guidelines

The researcher should allow 2-8 weeks for this support depending on the biostatistician’s previous involvement with the research study, the types of service required, and the complexity of the analysis. Additional information on guidelines are provided for Biostatistics and DISC. Requests for assistance without adequate lead time will not allow for a quality product. Any presentation of results which JHBC has supported should be provided for final review before submission.

For more information please contact us.