EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles
EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles to be Published in English (often shortened to EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators or EASE Guidelines) were first published by the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) in 2010. Updated versions are periodically released at the EASE Guidelines page of the EASE website. EASE Guidelines summarize the most important editorial recommendations, aiming to make international scientific communication more efficient and to aid in preventing scientific misconduct. They also support the global initiative Healthcare Information For All by 2015 by advising authors to make abstracts of their papers highly informative, reliable, and easily understandable. The document has been translated into many languages, to facilitate its popularization worldwide and help scientists from non-Anglophone countries.
The document includes a succinct set of practical guidelines explaining how to write complete, concise and clear manuscripts. It is supplemented with a list for further reading as well as several short appendices (Abstracts; Ambiguity; Cohesion; Ethics; Plurals; Simplicity; Spelling; Text-tables) that present selected issues in greater detail or provide more examples.
EASE Guidelines emphasize the need for proper structuring of the article (e.g. making the tested hypothesis clear in the Introduction), making the abstract highly informative (including most important data and conclusions), and writing understandably, so that the readers are not discouraged or confused. Ethical issues are also taken into account, e.g. authorship criteria, plagiarism, redundant publications, and other types of scientific misconduct. The 2013 edition of the publication ethics checklist (Appendix: Ethics, page 10 of EASE Guidelines) was presented at the 3rd World Conference on Research Integrity in Montreal in May 2013. It can be used routinely during submission, as one short form instead of many separate forms to be filled by authors.
- Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
- European Association of Science Editors
- International Council for Science (ICSU)
- Scientific misconduct
- Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals
- United States Office of Research Integrity
- Ufnalska S. 2010. Multilingual EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators. PDF (0.01 MB) Learned Publishing 23(4): 331-332.
- Latest edition of EASE Guidelines
- Ufnalska S.B. 2011. EASE Guidelines Help Editors and Scientists Save Time. Science Editor 34(4):e10. Retrieved 2012-01-03
- Ufnalska S. 2010. "Major editorial guidelines need to be translated and popularized." (PDF). ( 1.1 MB ) European Science Editing 36(2): 40-41