To register a trial, you must first have a user account. See How to Register a Trial for more information.
Currently, registration is free.
If you decide, select fields can be hidden / embargoed until the trial is completed to not influence survey respondents while the survey is in the field, or perturb a placebo effect.
You can also upload confidential documents, which will never be shared unless you explicitly authorize it.
Any user can set up an account and register a trial. However, to identify the PIs associated with that trial, an e-mail confirmation will be sent to all listed PIs. We strongly advise that PIs review content before registration.
You can add people who have already registered for an account with the Registry from the trial's collaborators page.
Sharing access gives the other person access to edit all information in a trial.
To access the collaborators page and add another person's account:
On the collaborators page, enter the name or email address from step 1 in the Add Collaborator field and click Save to submit the form.
If the email was incorrect or if an account with that email address does not exist, you will see an error message explaining the problem.
If you have any problems, please contact us at [email protected].
To make someone else the Primary Investigator for a trial, they first must be added as a collaborator. Once they have been made a collaborator, select their name from the "Primary Investigator" drop down menu and click "Save." They will now be listed as the Primary Investigator.
All edits are preserved and can be accessed on the "View Trial History" tab of any trial.
Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) provide persistent links to web content to ensure that the content is discoverable at all times – even if its URL or location within a site changes.
DOIs are widely used across academia to provide permanent links to published journal articles as well as data.
Each published change to a trial is given a new release number, and will be assigned a new DOI.
For more about versioning DOIs, see our guidelines on what constitutes a major or minor change.
Each trial registration entry has a master DOI and a DOI for each version registered.
Unless you want to cite a specific version of your registry entry, you should cite the master DOI. The master DOI will always link to the current registry entry.
Upon registration, an auto-generated citation will appear on your public registered trial.
You should always cite your registration, as this allows us to follow where references are made to the registration using standard citation tracking mechanisms.
It's only a suggested citation format, and when submitting to a journal you should consult with the journal for how to cite the registration.
Otherwise, for in-text mentions, your registration can be referred to as: AEA RCT Registry, RCT ID: AEARCTR-0000000. For example, "This study is registered in the AEA RCT Registry and the unique identifying number is: AEARCTR-0000000."
Yes, as of January 5, 2017, draft trials will be reviewed for criteria that must be met before a research project is published in the AEA RCT Registry.
Researchers should review the criteria for inclusion in the AEA RCT Registry, and thoroughly inspect their entry before submitting their trial registration.
The typical turnaround time for reviewing is 2 to 5 business days.
This registry is for social scientists and is not an approved registry for clinical trials as defined by health journals.
If you plan to publish in a health journal, you may want to also register at a clinical trial registry ICTRP.
Take a look at the data elements guide that defines each field.
The registry software was implemented by Vermonster, with prototype work by Ann Patrice Hickey, of Eden Design.
The current maintainer is Eduardo Gutierrez.
We publish updates to the site to document changes in behavior or the addition of new features.