What does penelope check for?

These are the checks that Penelope performs by default. All checks can be turned on/off your your journal's specific needs. Let us know if there's anything else you would like Penelope to check for. 


  • Funding section
  • Acknowledgements section
  • A named funder
  • Conflicts of interest statement
  • A running head, list of key words and word count are present on the title page
  • Corresponding author and email address from an institution
  • ORCIDs
  • Abstract is structured with correct subheadings

Ethics and permissions

  • Ethics statements for human/animal research
  • Informed consent for research involving humans


  • Includes a data access statement
  • Data is referenced properly


  • Common hypothesis tests are reported well (t-tests, F-tests and Pearson's correlations)
  • p-values and test statistics match up  (t-tests, F-tests and Pearson's correlations)
  • p-values are reported in full (p = 0.43, not p < .05)
  • p-values are accompanied by confidence intervals

Citations and References

  • All citations are referenced
  • All references are cited
  • Correct referencing system used (Harvard/Vancouver, the generic version suggests Vancouver, but tells authors to double check)

Tables and Figures

  • Accompanied by legends
  • All tables and figures are mentioned in the text
  • Present (or absent) from main manuscript (the generic version suggests tables should be included, but figures should be in a separate file)

Scientific Reporting

  • Encourages the use of reporting checklists from the EQUATOR library when relevant
  • Randomisation, blinding and sample size are addressed for experimental studies
  • Cell lines checked for mycoplasma and do not appear on ICALC
  • Encourages RRIDs for animals and antibodies


  • Clinical trials include a registration ID for a recognised registry