In which I suggest a preprint archive for clinical trials | Gobbledygook
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"The U.S. database of registered clinical trials (Clinicaltrials.gov) is publicly available, and the EU is working on doing the same with their EudraCT database. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and in consequence many medical journals, also requires clinical trial registration. Since September 2008 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also requires all clinical trials registered at Clinicaltrials.gov to provide key results within 12 months after the last patient has finished treatment....The results of clinical trials are rarely first reported in a peer-reviewed journal, but rather are usually first presented at a conference....The peer-reviewed paper is usually published months or even years after the conference presentation....I would like to suggest that we need a preprint archive for clinical trial research papers. The preprints should be uploaded at the time of journal submission, or shortly after the conference presentation...."