Don't forget the fundamentals

It is important to be specific when writing a scientific manuscript. For example, are you presenting a descriptive study or do you wish to test a hypothesis. If you have a study hypothesis, what is it? How has it been operationalised into one or more statistically testable null hypotheses? Is the study design cross-sectional or longitudinal? In the latter case, is it a cohort study or a case-control study? What associations are you studying? Cause - effect relations are crucial for the analysis. If they are unclear, you have to work with assumptions. Can your estimates be interpreted clinically? This is not always the case with odds ratios and hazard ratios. If the estimates cannot be meaningfully interpreted, they are not useful. Change the statistical method!