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February 2006

Trial Registration Required

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;132(2):145. doi:10.1001/archotol.132.2.145

In concert with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery will require, as a condition of consideration for publication, registration of all trials in a public trials registry (such as http://ClinicalTrials.gov or http://controlled-trials.com). Trials must be registered at or before the onset of patient enrollment. This policy applies to any clinical trial starting enrollment after July 1, 2005. For trials that began enrollment before this date, registration will be required by September 13, 2005, before considering the trial for publication. The trial registration number should be supplied at the time of submission.

For details about this new policy, and for information on how the ICMJE defines a clinical trial, see the editorial by DeAngelis et al in the June issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery (2005;131:479-480). Also see the Instructions for Authors on our Web site: http://www.archoto.com.