Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

News

Nearly half of all trials run by major sponsors in past decade are unpublished

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5955 (Published 04 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5955

Rapid Response:

The only way out

Only a law or a rule for obligatory publishing of all results (and maybe the establishment of a special journal for negative results) could bring certainty about the reasons for not publishing. And no one would have to think about the reasons behind.

On the other side, the published negative results could help other scientific groups in decision-making when they want to start a new study -- maybe a study that has already failed in the hands of others.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 November 2016
Muris Cabaravdic
Pathologist
Ludmillenstrasse 4, 49716 Meppen