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Letters Duplicate systematic reviews

Trusting researchers to use open trial registers such as PROSPERO responsibly

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 02 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5870
  1. Alison Booth, research fellow1,
  2. Lesley Stewart, director1
  1. 1National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK
  1. alison.booth{at}

Waugh is correct1—we cannot completely prevent unscrupulous use of content with an open register. However, there is no evidence that people are using PROSPERO records to plunder others’ ideas and scoop publication. But there are examples of unnecessary duplication being avoided, including the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme being able to allocate resources to an alternative review.

For pragmatic reasons we have to …

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