There is growing awareness about the values of preregistered studies or key elements thereof. And there is a growing number of online resources that offer preregistration services. Some preregistration platforms are aimed to serve any area of science, others focus on specific fields (e.g. animal research). There are many other features that distinguish these platforms. Some of these features will be important for scientists to make a decision, which platform to choose. For example, in some cases, it can take years before the results of a preregistered study is publicly disclosed (e.g. lengthy studies, a set of studies, desire to secure IP before publishing, etc.). Thus, the issue of having preregistered studies automatically becoming public after a fixed embargo period (e.g. one year) has been hotly discussed.
Our readers may be interested in following the analysis presented HERE.
We hope that one day there will be a preregistration platform that will combine all benefits and flexibility of the platforms launched to date.