What is CONFERD-HP endorsement?

CONFERD-HP endorsement by journals is typically exemplified by a statement in the journal’s Instructions to Authors indicating the journal’s support of CONFERD-HP, typically in the form of a recommendation to authors to adhere to the CONFERD-HP checklist in their manuscripts reporting competency framework development in healthcare professions.

If you would like to improve the reporting completeness competency framework development papers in your journals, one of the best ways is to endorse the CONFERD-HP Statement.

How to endorse CONFERD-HP

Step 1
Include mention of the CONFERD-HP Guideline and reference the CONFERD-HP website in your journal’s instructions to authors for reporting of manuscripts describing competency framework development, or in the organization’s resource section

Our suggested text to include in journal’s instructions for authors is as follows:

"[journal name] requires a completed CONFERD-HP checklist as a condition of submission when reporting the development of a competency framework in the health professions. Templates for these can be found here or on the CONFERD-HP website. At minimum, your article should report the content addressed by each item of the checklist. Meeting these basic reporting requirements will greatly improve the value of your manuscript and may enhance its chances for eventual publication." 

Step 2
Contact us and we will add you to our endorsers list – simply have the Editor or Editor-in-Chief email us, and confirm the journal name.

Step 3
Write an editorial in the journal to this effect along with the journal’s policy on helping to improve the quality of competency framework development papers.

Additional resources to help journals develop editorial policies around reporting guidelines can be found on the EQUATOR Network website