Trials (journal)

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Discipline General medicine
Language English
Edited by Doug Altman, Jeremy Grimshaw, Tianjing Li,
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Upon acceptance
License Creative Commons Attribution
Standard abbreviations
ISSN 1745-6215
LCCN 2006243052
OCLC no. 63290284
  • Journal homepage

Trials is an open access peer-reviewed medical journal covering performance and outcomes of randomized controlled trials.[1] 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).[2] The journal encourages both authors and peer reviewers to make use of the CONSORT and QUOROM checklists for randomized trials and systematic reviews, respectively.

Study protocols

Besides covering the results of trials, the journal also publishes study protocols.[3] 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

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2016 impact factor of 1.969.[4]


  1. ^ "About Trials". Retrieved 2009-02-15.
  2. ^ "Editorial board". Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  3. ^ "Instructions for Trials authors - Study protocol". 2009-02-15.
  4. ^ "Journal Citation Reports". Clarivate Analytics. Retrieved 2017-12-21.

External links

  • Official website
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