Registered Reports are a publication format in which the research question and the quality of methodology are peer reviewed before the data are collected and analysed. High quality protocols addressing well framed questions are then provisionally accepted for publication before data collection begins. The Registered Reports format in BMC Medicine is open to manuscripts reporting on both quantitative and qualitative studies of any experimental design that are well poised to have significant implications for future research, policy, and/or clinical and global health practice. Registered Reports are also open to clinical trials and systematic reviews. This format allows methodological issues to be addressed before time and resources are invested in experiments, and helps minimize publication bias and research bias in hypothesis-driven research.
The submission and review process for Registered Reports is divided into two distinct stages.
• Stage 1 submission: Authors submit manuscripts including only a Background, Methods (including proposed analyses), and Pilot Data (where applicable).
• Stage 1 review: Reviewers evaluate study proposals before data are collected, assessing the importance of the research question, feasibility of the methodology, and analysis pipeline.
• In principle acceptance (IPA): Manuscripts that pass peer review will be issued an IPA, indicating that the article will be published pending successful completion of the study.
• Stage 2 submission: Following study completion, authors submit their finalized manuscript for re-review, now including Results and Discussion sections.
• Stage 2 review: Reviewers appraise whether the authors’ adhered to the preregistered experimental procedures and that any conclusions and implications for future research, policy, and practice, are justified given the data.
As the Registered Reports format is a new initiative in BMC Medicine, we would be grateful for your feedback. Please use this form to submit your comments.