Publications and Presentations
The RURAL Cohort Study is committed to sharing its findings through scientific publications and presentations. The purpose of the Publications and Presentations Policy is to ensure RURAL Cohort Study data is used appropriately and to describe the procedures for proposing a manuscript or presentation.
The RURAL Cohort Study team will:
- Disseminate major RURAL Cohort Study findings to the scientific community in a timely manner.
- Create accurate and rigorous scientific publications using RURAL Cohort Study findings.
- Enable RURAL Cohort Study Investigators, especially junior fellows and early-stage Investigators, to collaborate and be recognized in RURAL Cohort Study manuscript proposals and published papers.
- Create procedures for the RURAL Cohort Study Steering Committee (SC), the RURAL Publications and Presentations Subcommittee, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to review the manuscript proposals and publications before they are submitted for peer-review.
- Prevent duplication of published material and/or analyses.
- Ensure that abstracts, publications, and presentations using the RURAL Cohort Study data are accurate, objective, and do not compromise the scientific integrity of the overall study.
Types of Manuscripts
Manuscripts and papers based upon the RURAL Cohort Study data, including ancillary studies, are welcomed.
Manuscript proposals are required for all papers and abstracts that use RURAL Cohort Study data, including ancillary studies. Main study manuscripts analyze data collected as part of the original funded RURAL Cohort Study, whereas ancillary study manuscripts focus on the collection of new data that were not part of the original Study protocol as approved and funded by the NHLBI.
The RURAL and non-RURAL Investigators consider potential publications as falling into four broad categories:
- Methodological Papers: This will describe the approaches used to gather and evaluate the RURAL Cohort. For example, this could include manuscripts that develop new statistical methodologies.
- Cross-sectional Papers: This will focus on reporting data collected as part of the baseline evaluation, including a description of risk factors, and the association between risk factors.
- Longitudinal Papers: This will focus on the association of the baseline characteristics with data collected during the follow-up of the RURAL Cohort Study participants.
- Event Data Papers: This will focus on adjudicated stroke events, MI events, other vascular events, all-cause mortality, and adjudicated causes of death.
Request for Data and Data Analyses
Data analyses will be conducted at the RURAL Cohort Study Statistical Data Coordinating Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Local (off-site) analyses are restricted to RURAL Investigators or Investigators from an approved and funded ancillary study.
A formal agreement, signed by you, a representative of your institution, and Boston University is required to permit the distribution of RURAL Cohort Study data sets or both data and materials. This agreement precludes individuals or organizations from redistributing RURAL Cohort Study data to a third party. The Investigator will be required to submit the Data and Materials Distribution Agreement (DMDA) form and the Dataset Request and Notice of Intent to Analyze form. A listing of all approved manuscript proposals and presentation abstracts, including lead author, institution, manuscript/abstract title, and approval date will be maintained on the RURAL Cohort Study internal website.
Process for submitting a manuscript to the RURAL Cohort Study
Investigators who propose a manuscript should refer to the Publications and Presentations Policy for detailed instructions and the review process. If you are interested in submitting a manuscript, please contact the RURAL Cohort Study Coordinating Center at Boston University: email@example.com
RURAL Cohort Study Publications and Presentations Resources
Please review the Policy prior to the submission of a manuscript. The following is a list of the current publications documents and forms:
- Publications and Presentations Policy
- Manuscript Form
- Statement of Authorship Form
- Data and Materials Distribution Agreement
- Dataset Request and Notice of Intent to Analyze Form
Note: These policies and processes are subject to change based upon the growth and needs of the RURAL Cohort Study, NHLBI requests, OSMB review, and internal input.
For additional information or assistance, please contact the RURAL Cohort Study Coordinating Center at Boston University: firstname.lastname@example.org