Figure 4: Item 3a on the CONSORT checklist. (A) The trial design field could autocomplete with the trial design types in a controlled vocabulary. If the study design is novel, users may click on the “Design type not listed” button to submit their articles traditionally. (B) Each checklist item should allow authors to elaborate if necessary. This box could support free-flowing text with formatting (e.g., Markdown) and LaTeX or MathML capabilities. (C) If a statement needs a citation, users could click on the “Cite” button, which would allow them to input structured bibliographic data. An ideal system would let them import that information from a reference management system. (D) The “+” button generates another “Additional information” box. Content from multiple boxes would be printed in sequence in the final report.

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