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After completing their clinical research projects, investigators should plan to share their results with the scientific community via posters, presentations and manuscripts.
Once the investigation phase of a clinical research project has concluded, the focus should turn towards analyzing the data and sharing it with the scientific community.
Begin by gathering your results and transforming them into interpretable tables and figures. Be sure to include a biostatistician in this process.
It may be useful to first do an oral or poster presentation at a conference of your peers before submitting a manuscript about your study results. The feedback that you receive here can help to inform your writing process.
Whether preparing a poster, presentation or manuscript, make sure to discuss authorship with your team members well ahead of time and make sure that everyone is clear about what is expected of them.
When writing, be sure to set out reasonable timelines—all authors must read and approve all submissions.
If your study was funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) you must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy, which requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to PubMed Central
The Division of Clinical Research (DCR) at Mass General helps to connect investigators and study staff members to a variety of courses, services and resources that provide assistance with every step of the clinical research process. These resources include offerings from the DCR itself, as well as associated research institutions and organizations. Mass General resources are listed first; DCR programs are noted in parentheses.
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