|Guidance Proposal Submission Guide|
Proposals for guidance documents may come from:
1. The ISTH membership and wider T+H community (via a standing open call via the ISTH website)
2. Any SSC Subcommittee
A proposal should clearly state the clinical / diagnostic issue that needs addressing, and the need/importance of the guidance document.
Proposals must follow a template and include:
a. Title of document
c. Overview of expected content
d. Literature review supporting the need for a guidance or guideline document
e. Description of how the proposed document will advance the field
f. List of SSC subcommittees involved (if applicable)
g. Proposed list of authors who must be recognized by their experience and publications as experts who can write authoritatively on the subject and who represent multiple countries
h. Indication of any possible conflicts of interest by the authors,
i. Proposed development time line
j. An indication that the manuscript publication requirements by JTH are recognized and will be adhered to.
* ISTH members who wish to make a recommendation for a topic but are not prepared to lead the development of a guidance document do not need to provide information on items f-i. If the G+G Committee deems the proposed topic important, it will either engage the relevant SSC Subcommittee or form an ad hoc working group.
Decision making process:
The G+G Committee will – on a regular basis (to be determined based on number of guidance documents in development and submitted proposals)
1. Review the proposals
2. Determine whether the proposed topics are of sufficient importance and whether there indeed are no other guidelines/guidance documents available that would address the questions
3. Determine whether there is sufficient evidence to allow consideration as a guideline
4. Critically evaluate the relevance and prioritize the proposals in terms of development of guidance documents; ensure no duplication of proposals
5. For proposals without SSC Subcommittee endorsement and/or a proposed list of authors, determine which SSC Subcommittee should be consulted on the development of the requested guidance document. If the topic does not fall within the expertise of any SSC Subcommittee, the G+G Committee may form an ad-hoc writing group.
If necessary, the G&G Committee can request revisions or modifications to the proposal to expand the scope, involve more subcommittees, and modify the list of authors to help ensure that it includes those with the capacity to complete the project and the gravitas to make it the necessary authority.
At the same time, the Chair(s) of the SSC Subcommittee(s) indicated as relevant to the proposed topic will be informed of the proposal and invited to comment.
Should the SSC Subcommittee disagree with the proposal it should inform the G+G Committee. The same should apply to the priority of a guidance document development particularly vis-à-vis other guidance documents already in development or proposed.
Upon making the final decision on accepting a proposal for development of a guidance document, the respective SSC Subcommittees and JTH Editors are informed about the accepted proposal and timeline to anticipate the review and publication.