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Is it time for the research article to evolve?

An article published in this week’s Trials argues that it is time to design a new model of research publication, with modern technology embedded at its heart. The abstract of the article states: “Instead of the current system with multiple publications, across multiple journals, publication could move towards a single, evolving document that begins with trial registration and then extends to include the full protocol and results as they become available, underpinned by the raw clinical data and all code used to obtain the result. This model would lead to research being evaluated prospectively, based on its hypothesis and methodology as stated in the study protocol…”. The full article can be found here.

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