Letters Wastage in clinical trials

Journal editors must play their part in checking timing of clinical trial registration

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1436 (Published 24 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1436
  1. Amber L Abrams, senior scientist/researcher1,
  2. Tamara Kredo, deputy director1
  1. 1South African Cochrane Centre at the South African Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070, 7505, Tygerberg, South Africa
  1. aabrams{at}mrc.ac.za

Clinical trial registration is pivotal to understanding the research landscape and for ensuring research accountability. But what do we do when protocols to ensure public access to information are in place but chains of responsibility fail?

Prospective clinical trial registration is mandated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ (ICMJE) uniform requirements for manuscripts as a pre-condition for publication.1 …

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