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Time to publication of studies was not affected by whether results were positive

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7143.1536 (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1536
  1. Michael L Callaham, Professor of medicine,
  2. Ellen Weber, Associate professor of medicine,
  3. Gary Young, Associate professor of clinical medicine,
  4. Robert Wears, Associate professor of emergency medicine,
  5. Chris Barton, Associate professor of emergency medicine
  1. University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143-0208, USA
  2. University of Florida, Health Centre Jacksonville, 655 W 8th St, Jacksonville, FL 32209, USA
  3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB 7594 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7594, USA

    Education and debate p 1519

    EDITOR—The time to publication measured by Stern and Simes began with approval of the project by the ethics committee; thus the interval embraced all phases of research and analysis.1 This interval differs from that used by several other ethics committees cited 2 3 and in most previous reports of time to publication, which have begun with an analysis of completed data, not approval by the ethics committee.4

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