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|Edited by||Doug Altman, Curt Furberg, Jeremy Grimshaw|
|License||Creative Commons Attribution|
Trials is an open access peer-reviewed medical journal covering performance and outcomes of randomized controlled trials. The journal is published by BioMed Central and the editors-in-chief are Doug Altman (University of Oxford), Curt Furberg (Wake Forest School of Medicine), and Jeremy Grimshaw (Ottawa Health Research Institute). The journal encourages both authors and peer reviewers to make use of the CONSORT and QUOROM checklists for randomized trials and systematic reviews, respectively.
Besides covering the results of trials, the journal also publishes study protocols. Publishing protocols before they are finalised will allow others to provide constructive criticism, potentially improving the suggested trial; readers of scientific articles will be able to compare what was intended with the trial to what was actually done, in order to identify inappropriate data dredging; in general, protocol publication lets people know what is underway, reducing the risk of wasteful duplication of research effort and ensures that results from all trials are published, reducing the risk of publication bias in systematic reviews; and finally, efforts to increase publication of protocols may also improve trial registration in registers such as ClinicalTrials.gov.
Abstracting and indexing
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