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As of April 2017 these terms and conditions are under review.


Unless otherwise agreed, all rights, including copyright and database rights, in the ISRCTN registry website and its contents (with the exception of primary research papers published by BioMed Central Ltd, if they appear on the site, for which see our copyright and license agreement), are owned by BioMed Central Ltd or licensed to BioMed Central Ltd by ISRCTN (in which case the copyright holder is acknowledged), or otherwise used by BioMed Central Ltd as permitted by applicable law. Data submitted to the ISRCTN registry are owned by those organisations submitting them.

ISRCTN records listed on the website are covered by the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY), of which CC BY 4.0 is the most recent version. CC BY was developed to facilitate open access as defined in the founding documents of the movement, such as the 2003 Berlin Declaration.

The ISRCTN registry is an online registry and curated database containing the basic set of data items deemed essential to describe a study at inception and facilitate reporting, as per the requirements set out by the World Health Organization (WHO) International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines. The Proprietor is a not-for-profit organisation that provides registration services ie content validation and curation and the unique identification number necessary for future publication in peer-reviewed journals. All study records in the database are freely accessible and searchable and have been assigned an ISRCTN ID. The ISRCTN registry is open to all countries, all study designs and all areas of healthcare targeted at the greater public interest.
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April 2017