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Guidelines to obtain inclusion of link in the G-I-N website

If you wish for G-I-N to establish a link towards your website we ask you to first ensure that you meet with the below guidelines:

G-I-N has the following purposes:

  • To facilitate information sharing, education and knowledge transfer, and collaborative working between guideline programmes to promote best practice and avoid duplication of effort.
  • To improve and harmonise methodologies for systematic guideline development in existing and new guideline programmes.
  • To improve methodologies for dissemination and implementation of clinical practice guidelines and evaluation of their effects.
  • To identify priorities for and support research relating to guideline development, dissemination, implementation, and evaluation; and to facilitate the application of research findings into practice. Any web links we make should complement and add value to the work of the Authority, as well as help progress our aims.

Subject matter

The subject matter of the site must be relevant to G-I-N's audience.

The ownership of the site may be taken into consideration in deciding whether to link to the site. Factors include: Site owners may include (but should not be limited to) government offices and agencies, statutory bodies including health authorities and trusts, professional bodies, academic departments, charities, voluntary organisations and self-help groups, private organisations or agencies.

  • Private sector sites designed to promote company products or services will not normally be included.
  • Sites produced by individuals will not normally be linked.

In all cases, the ownership of the site must be immediately evident to visitors, with the owner's name clearly displayed. The site owner must take responsibility for the content of the site. Where a site links to other sites on the web, the appropriateness of these links is not evaluated. However, if information is collated from other sites within the structure of the site, the ownership of the source material must be made clear by the site owner.

Quality of content

Sites that are linked to from this site must have content judged to be of substantial interest to G-I-N's audience. Sites that lack information content will not be linked.

The content of sites must be of satisfactory quality, in G-I-N's opinion.

The aim of the site should be clear.

Sites for which there are reasons for doubting the accuracy of the content will be excluded. A site may also be excluded if the professional reputation of the site owner is unknown and/or there are grounds for suspecting uncritical bias.

Sites which in G-I-N's opinion contain material that is out-of-date may be excluded.

If the main content of a site is further weblinks, the site will only be included if this is the explicit aim of the site.

Quality of design

The design of sites should allow easy navigation through the site on the part of the user. Sites with unclear design may be excluded.

Linked sites should have coherent and consistent structures and preferably a structure that is evident from the home page.

Page last updated: Oct 02, 2009
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