Study 329BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4973 (Published 17 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4973
- Fiona Godlee, editor in chief, The BMJ
This week we released our first “RIAT” reanalysis of a previously published randomised trial (doi:10.1136/bmj.h4320). Avid readers will remember that RIAT stands for “restoring invisible and abandoned trials.” As described by its originators in 2013 (doi:10.1136/bmj.f2865), it provides a mechanism for researchers unaffiliated with the original trial to publish unpublished (or to republish misreported) clinical trials when sponsors and original investigators fail to do so.
Last year in BMJ Open Tom Treasure and colleagues reported a trial whose data had remained unpublished for 20 years (doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004385). In a narrative article in The BMJ the restorative authors said that the data cast …