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Research Transparency

We believe that that research articles should contain sufficient information to allow other researchers to understand and replicate findings. We therefore have implemented a Research Transparency Policy to make, where possible, evidence, data, code, and other materials that underpin their findings openly available to readers. We are encouraging authors to comply with this policy which is now in place with the aim of making this a mandatory policy by January 2022.

Where to share research materials

We are recommending that authors share their materials in a dedicated repository appropriate to the materials and the journals research output. Authors are free to pick the repository that they see fit such as such as those offered by Open Science Framework, Dataverse, Dryad, the Qualitative Data Repository or Zenodo (for example).

How is this being implemented?

Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist authors will be asked to supply a Data Availability Statement at article submission stage. This is a brief statement about whether the authors of an article have made the evidence supporting their findings available, and if so, where readers may access it. To retain the authors anonymity during the peer review process, the Data Availability Statement should be placed in the Title Page of the submission. In addition, we ask that authors state in their cover letter whether they have made their data publicly available and confirm the inclusion of the Data Availability Statement. If the authors are not making their data publicly available, we ask them to state the reason why in their cover letter

We encourage authors to follow best practices in reporting their methodology. Reporting guidelines for many study designs, including quantitative and qualitative scholarship across many disciplines, can be found in the EQUATOR Network.

We also encourage authors to cite materials and data they have used in their research, alongside literature citations, to recognise the importance of all kinds of research outputs.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact Steph Curnow (