Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: Dr Leviton suggests that medical
editors are as much to blame as authors for failure to publish negative or
null results; however, as we pointed out, research has repeatedly shown that
this widespread belief is false.1- 4 Contrary to
Leviton's assertion, we explained that registering a trial with the name, investigators, and other
characteristics in fact guarantees that it cannot "disappear." The inclusion
of study findings in such a register would be inappropriate, given that by
its nature a register has no mechanism to review accuracy, quality, and other
important factors in judging validity and reliability of results.
Dickersin K, Rennie D. Registering Clinical Trials. JAMA. 2003;290(19):2545. doi:10.1001/jama.290.19.2545-a