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Erratum: the National Institutes of Health and guidance for reporting preclinical research

BMC Medicine201513:80

Received: 11 March 2015

Accepted: 11 March 2015

Published: 10 April 2015

The original article was published in BMC Medicine 2015 13:34


This is an Erratum to BMC Medicine 2015, 13:34, highlighting a corrected references list.

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Authors’ corrected note

Two days after the publication of our paper [1], a reader brought to our attention some problems with our references. The erratum corrects the reference list.

Corrected text

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Authors’ Affiliations

Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa
German Cochrane Centre, University Medical Center
Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford


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