Registering Your RCT with the AEA? There’s a DOI for That.
[Excerpts taken from the blog “Improving research transparency through easier, faster access to studies in the AEA RCT Registry” by Keesler Welch and James Turitto, posted at the BITSS blogsite].
“J-PAL and the American Economic Association (AEA) have been working together over the past year to create digital object identifiers, or DOIs, for each trial registered in the AEA Registry for Randomized Controlled Trials….as of August 13, 2019, the Registry has officially launched this new feature!”
“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.”
“Using DOIs for trial registration in the social sciences is still something new, and we see it as an important move forward for research transparency.”
“This will make it easier for researchers to link their study designs and their (optional) pre-analysis plans directly to their publications and published research data. This also ensures that research study designs that have been registered will remain findable in perpetuity.”