I'm in the early stages of designing a trial in ecology. I'm interested in pre-registering the trial, as suggested here.

My concern is that all of the registries (that I can find) deal specifically with clinical trials, not ecological or general natural-sciences research. Does anyone know of a service that would accept pre-registration of non-clinical biological trials?


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Did you try OSF.io?

They offer a free service where you can preregister trials and give them a timestamp with a DOI number etc.

I do not know if this is exactly what you are looking for, but it's the easiest solution for preregistering and I am quite sure that it would be enough to get the "preregistration" badge when you are finally ready to publish.

Here is more info on how to do it and what is essential for preregistration.

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    $\begingroup$ It looks like the 'Registrations' feature of OSF should satisfy a reasonable journal-editor that a study has been pre-registered. Answer accepted. $\endgroup$
    – bshane
    Sep 2, 2015 at 7:00
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    $\begingroup$ An addition to that - it seems that OSF plans to offer a "financial reward" for pre-registration, see osf.io/x5w7h $\endgroup$ Oct 11, 2015 at 15:24

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