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Go on the record

Posted by Jose Carlos on November 07, 2004

Hi:

What is the exact meaning of "go on the record" as in?

"A group of journal editors announced a policy requiring all clinical trials to be registered from the get-go to be considered for publication in their journals. They expect this policy to reduce the bias toward favorable results, because researchers will have gone on the record before they know how the study will turn out."

Is it to make a public, formal declaration?

Thanks.

JC