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Semin Perinatol. 2016 Oct;40(6):410-417. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2016.05.003. Epub 2016 Aug 8.

Improving publication rates in a collaborative clinical trials research network.

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1
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, NICHD Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, 6710B Rockledge Drive, 2321B, Bethesda, MD 20817. Electronic address: archerst@mail.nih.gov.
2
Division of Neonatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.
3
Department of Pediatrics, Children's Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO.
4
Division of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, CA.
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Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX; Division of Neonatology, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH.
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Social, Statistical and Environmental Sciences Unit, RTI International, Rockville, MD.
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Division of Neonatology and Developmental Biology, University of California-Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
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Division of Neonatology, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH.
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, NICHD Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch, 6710B Rockledge Drive, 2321B, Bethesda, MD 20817.

Abstract

Unpublished results can bias biomedical literature, favoring positive over negative findings, primary over secondary analyses, and can lead to duplicate studies that unnecessarily endanger subjects and waste resources. The Neonatal Research Network's (NRN) publication policies for approving, reviewing, and tracking abstracts and papers work to combat these problems. In 2003, the NRN restricted investigators with unfinished manuscripts from proposing new ones and in 2010, urged authors to complete long-outstanding manuscripts. Data from 1991 to 2015 were analyzed to determine effectiveness of these policy changes. The NRN has achieved an overall publication rate of 78% for abstracts. For 1990-2002, of 137 abstracts presented, 43 (31%) were published within 2 years; for 2003-2009, after the manuscript completion policy was instituted, of 140 abstracts presented, 68 (49%) were published within 2 years. Following the effort in 2010, the rate increased to 64%. The NRN surpassed reported rates by developing a comprehensive process, holding investigators accountable and tracking abstracts from presentation to publication.

KEYWORDS:

Authorship policies; Network collaboration; Publication rates

PMID:
27423510
PMCID:
PMC5192287
DOI:
10.1053/j.semperi.2016.05.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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