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What's new on the ISRCTN registry?

February 26, 2021

As well as using the Advanced Search and downloading the results as a CSV file, you can now retrieve data using the ISRCTN XML API. Please see the API documentation here for more details (note this is a draft document, if you have any feedback please contact the ISRCTN editorial team).

January 25, 2021

In the first half of 2021 we plan to make some significant changes to the website:

  • Trial outputs (such as publications, data links, patient-facing materials etc) will be consolidated in a table in the record, making it easier to track research outputs
  • Transparency best practice badges will be added to study records that have met transparency targets (registered prospectively, regularly updated, published or posted results within 1 year etc) to encourage transparency
  • It will be possible to explore the registry using a dashboard style view, to filter search results and get a more visual understanding of the records (see the prototype here)
  • UK-based studies will display the nation(s) of the UK where recruitment is taking place. This will make it easier for potential participants to find studies, particularly on the NHS Be Part of Research website, which uses data from ISRCTN to display information for studies in the UK.
  • The section on plans for sharing raw data will be updated to include more information 

In 2020, a number of updates were made to the website:

  • Pages containing information on trial registration in French, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic were added to promote international registration
  • Software was added to allow editors to make changes to site content, including banners that can be used to deliver up to date information about the registry, for example, our response to COVID-19
  • Pages were added for trialists to make updates and add results to their records directly via the website
  • A new flag was added to records that have been completed for over 1 year and have not had any results added (‘Results overdue’), which can also be filtered for in the search results
  • The name of each sponsor organisation given in the records was associated with the GRID database making it easier to search for study records from the same sponsor
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