Why Register

Why register your research?

The World Medical Association’s Declaration of Helsinki 2013 states in article 35:

Every research study involving human subjects must be registered in a publicly accessible database before recruitment of the first subject.

In addition to this ethical mandate, there are real practical and scientific benefits to registering research.

  • Reduce unnecessary duplication preventing wasted effort and precious research funds
  • Encourage global collaboration between researchers
  • Increase transparency
  • Improve quality and allow study reports to be compliant with established reporting criteria
  • Allow peer-reviewers to compare the manuscript findings with the registered study
  • Help shed light on negative studies and thus reduces reporting or publication bias
  • Aid patients and encourages patient/public participation in research
  • Aid clinical decision-making
  • Aid guideline development
  • Aids the wider scientific and scholarly community by allowing for open and early peer-review of study objectives and methods, allowing for adjustments and refinement and to ensure the question asked is the right one
  • Aids commissioners and funders of research allowing them to identify ongoing studies in their field of interest​
  • Your funder, institution and research ethics committee will expect it

Why register your study with the Research Registry?

  • Register a wide range of study types – more comprehensive than any other registry in the world
  • Quick, simple and easy to use
  • Immediate registration
  • Allows prospective and retrospective registration
  • Curated weekly by our expert team
  • Add images, video, tables as well as text to describe your intervention
  • Conforms to WHO requirements and international reporting guidelines
  • Compliant with the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework
  • Compliant with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Certified by the Health on the Net Foundation


“The IDEAL Collaboration is in favour of transparency and completeness of reporting of research. This includes reporting of the earliest stages of innovation, where the IDEAL recommendations have called for a comprehensive registry of ‘First in man’ studies with confidential reporting for unsuccessful innovations. Many studies and reports of innovations at the IDEAL Development and Exploration stages are currently not registered, and we are therefore unable to estimate how much of this research goes unpublished or to learn from it. The IDEAL recommendations call for registration of study protocols in advance for both Development and Exploration stages. We welcome this initiative which allows registration of studies and protocols at every stage of the innovation lifecycle.”
Professor Peter McCulloch MD, FRCSEd
Chair, IDEAL Collaboration
Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, University of Oxford
20th February 2015