Many areas of biomedical science have developed reporting standards and checklists to support the adequate reporting of scientific efforts, but in vitro research still has no generally accepted criteria. In this article, the authors discuss ‘focus points’ of in vitro research, ensuring that the scientific community is able to take full advantage of the animal-free methods and studies and that resources spent on conducting these experiment are not wasted: A first priority of reporting standards is to ensure the completeness and transparency of the provided information (data focus). A second tier is the quality of data display that makes information digestible and easy to grasp, compare, and further analysable (information focus).
This article summarizes a series of initiatives geared towards improving the quality of in vitro work and its reporting – with the ultimate aim to generate Good In Vitro Reporting Standards (GIVReSt).