Useful research links



Guidelines on research methodology and quality

  • Information on appraisal of research can be found on the University of South Australia International Centre for Allied Health Evidence website.
  • CONSORT is part of a broader push to produce reporting guidelines (RGs) for many different types of research. The page contains a brief description and links to some work that relates to clinical trials.
  • The ASSERT (A Standard for the Scientific and Ethical Review of Trials) initiative is a proposed standard for the review and monitoring of randomized clinical trials by research ethics committees. 
  • PRISMA (formerly QUOROM) Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses.
  • EQUATOR (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency Of health Research) project aims to help fulfill the potential impact of reporting guidelines on the quality of research.
  • MOOSE Meta-analysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology.
  • STROBE Strengthening the Reporting of Observational studies in Epidemiology. 

Journal articles on research

A special research-themed issue of Australasian Psychiatry was published in February 2015, which provided guidance on planning and conducting research, and having research findings published. Members of the RANZCP Committee for Research, a constituent committee of the RANZCP Practice, Policy and Partnerships Committee, were involved in writing the papers.

Please note: clicking directly on the links below will permit you to view the abstracts of these articles only. To access the full text of these articles using your RANZCP subscription, first visit the Australasian Psychiatry website via the RANZCP Journals member access page, then visit the links provided below.

  • Macfarlane M, Kisely A, Loi S et al. (2014) Getting started in research: research questions, supervisors and literature reviews. Australasian Psychiatry 23: 8–11.
    Focusing on how to formulate and begin research projects, this paper outlines a systematic approach to framing a research question, developing theses and hypotheses, choosing a supervisor and conducting a literature review.
  • Macfarlane M, Kisely A, Loi S et al. (2014) Getting started in research: designing and preparing to conduct a research study. Australasian Psychiatry 23: 12–15.
    Exploring common pitfalls and useful tips in designing a quantitative research study, the importance and process of ethical approval, and consideration of funding this paper highlights how, through careful planning early career researchers can design and conduct quantitative research projects within the framework of the Scholarly Project or in their own independent projects.
  • Kisely S, Chang A, Crowe J, et al. (2014) Getting started in research: systematic reviews and meta-analyses Australasian Psychiatry 23: 16–21.
    An introduction to conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses as one of the major building blocks of evidence-based medicine not that systematic reviews and meta-analyses are not as daunting as they may appear to be, provided the scope is sufficiently narrow and an appropriate supervisor available.
  • Siskind D, Parker S, Loi S, et al. (2014) How to survive in research: advice for the novice investigator. Australasian Psychiatry 23: 2224.
    This paper outlines for how to survive in research by considering the ingredients likely to contribute to success, the role of supportive structures, the expected challenges and the importance of the right supervisor
  • Looi J, Kisely S, Macfarlane M, et al. (2014) A guide to clinical research supervision for psychiatrists: a mentoring approach. Australasian Psychiatry 23: 25–28.
    A guide for clinically-based psychiatrist supervisors of research projects for early career researchers, describing a mentoring framework for supervision, for psychiatrist clinical research supervisors and early career researchers as well as discussing various aspects of a study such as the role of the supervisor, project management, and where and when to seek advice. 
  • Suetani S, Gill S, Galletly C (2014) A scholarly endeavour: some practical tips on completing the scholarly project. Australasian Psychiatry 23: 29–31.
    Practical tips on how to achieve competency in the scholarly project with the aim to assist trainees to complete the scholarly project component of the 2012 Competency Based Fellowship Program.
  • Brakoulias V, Macfarlane M, Looi J (2015) The rites of writing papers: steps to successful publishing for psychiatrists. Australasian Psychiatry 23: 32–36.
    Encouraging psychiatrists to publish high-quality articles in peer-reviewed journals by demystifying the publishing process and outlining the key factors that ensure that publishing is an achievable goal for psychiatrists providing they can write a paper that delivers a clear and concise message.

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