The Single-Case Reporting Guideline In BEhavioural Interventions (SCRIBE) 2016 Statement Academic Article uri icon


  • We developed a reporting guideline to provide authors with guidance about what should be reported when writing a paper for publication in a scientific journal using a particular type of research design: the single-case experimental design. This report describes the methods used to develop the Single-Case Reporting guideline In BEhavioural interventions (SCRIBE) 2016. As a result of 2 online surveys and a 2-day meeting of experts, the SCRIBE 2016 checklist was developed, which is a set of 26 items that authors need to address when writing about single-case research. This article complements the more detailed SCRIBE 2016 Explanation and Elaboration article (Tate et al., 2016) that provides a rationale for each of the items and examples of adequate reporting from the literature. Both these resources will assist authors to prepare reports of single-case research with clarity, completeness, accuracy, and transparency. They will also provide journal reviewers and editors with a practical checklist against which such reports may be critically evaluated. We recommend that the SCRIBE 2016 is used by authors preparing manuscripts describing single-case research for publication, as well as journal reviewers and editors who are evaluating such manuscripts.


  • Tate, Robyn L
  • Perdices, Michael
  • Rosenkoetter, Ulrike
  • Shadish, William
  • Vohra, Sunita
  • Barlow, David H
  • Horner, Robert
  • Kazdin, Alan
  • Kratochwill, Thomas
  • McDonald, Skye
  • Sampson, Margaret
  • Shamseer, Larissa
  • Togher, Leanne
  • Albin, Richard
  • Backman, Catherine
  • Douglas, Jacinta
  • Evans, Jonathan J
  • Gast, David
  • Manolov, Rumen
  • Mitchell, Geoffrey
  • Nickels, Lyndsey
  • Nikles, Jane
  • Ownsworth, Tamara
  • Rose, Miranda
  • Schmid, Christopher H
  • Wilson, Barbara

publication date

  • July 2, 2016