Helping the public find your study
This site is designed to make it easier for you to attract participants to your study.
- There is no other way to list your trial or study on Be Part of Research.
- It is good practice and often a legal requirement that all research should be listed on a public register. The
benefits for doing this are listed under each of the sections below.
- Once loaded onto either of these directories, it will take up to a week for your study to be automatically loaded on this Be Part of Research site.
- Studies funded by the NIHR or listed on the NIHR Clinical Research Network’s Portfolio of studies are not automatically added to Be Part of Research.
Writing for a non-expert audience
The people who visit this site are primarily patients and members of the public who aren’t familiar with scientific and medical terminology. So it’s important to note that when entering the details of your study, the information is written in plain English.
This means the summary has been written for members of the public and an interested audience rather than specialists. The clearer you are, the more likely it is that someone will understand what you are trying to achieve and want to take part.
- Keep it short - but don't oversimplify it too much. The reader must understand what the study is trying to achieve.
- Imagine you are talking to the reader.
- Get rid of any jargon.
- Make sure you cover the what, why, when, where and how so they have the basics of your study.
Adding contact information
It’s important to add your contact details so that people can easily get in touch with you.
- Please make sure that any contact details you enter on ISRTCN or clinicaltrials.gov are kept up-to-date and are accurate.
- If anything changes, remember to update your study details as soon as you can, so it is reflected on Be Part of Research in a timely manner.
Registration on ISRCTN provides you with a unique identification number, which is necessary if you want to publish the results of clinical trials and other studies. By registering with the ISRCTN Registry, you will comply with national and international guidelines, benefit from editorial help, ensure information is up-to-date and bring your research to a wider audience.
The site is used by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to help UK researchers meet 3 registration objectives:
To keep the World Health Organisation’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform updated, which is a complete view of medical research taking place worldwide.
Meet journal expectations for reporting results in peer-reviewed journals – ICMJE guidelines.
Accessibility by the widest audience possible – writing a plain English summary of each study.
Adding your study to ISRCTN Register
Please read this guidance about how to put your study on ISRCTN. Please be aware that there is a fee to register your trial or study. However, DHSC may be able to fund this registration if your study is eligible for the NIHR Portfolio. Read more about the Studies eligible for DHSC funding.
If your study is eligible to go onto the NIHR Portfolio
ISRCTN has an agreement with the DHSC that allows you to register your study directly from the NIHR Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS). Please view the criteria for more information. After studies are listed on the ISRCTN Register, researchers receive regular reminders at certain milestones to ensure that records are kept up-to-date.
Once your study has been included on the NIHR CRN Portfolio you can apply directly for ISRCTN registration through the NIHR Central Portfolio Management System (CPMS). You can find out more here:
ClinicalTrials.gov is an online database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies worldwide. The site is operated by the US National Library of Medicine.
You will need to set up an account and then register your trial or study.
When uploading your study, remember to enter your study details in Plain English and avoid acronyms and technical jargon as much as possible.
We then use the information you enter into this summary in the 'summary' section on this site.
Making changes to your study
If your trial has already been registered and appears on Be Part of Research already, but the information in this field is too technical or needs changing, you can correct it by following ClinicalTrial.gov’s instructions on how to edit your study record.