At IJPDS, we’re delighted to reopen our special issue focusing on cross-centre research and development. The special issue was first run way back in 2018 and we published a variety of valuable papers contributing to the knowledge base in this area of work. We would like to invite authors who didn’t have the opportunity last time, or those who have a significant update or new work to present, to submit a paper to the reopened special issue.

Being able to work effectively across different centres or jurisdictions is becoming increasingly important to open up new research opportunities, but there can be considerable challenges to address. This special issue includes a variety of articles on outcome-based research and on practical, methodological developments to overcome the hurdles and enable data to be used more effectively. Some articles include a combination of both.

Outcome-based research

Integrating data from multiple sources can allow questions to be addressed that would otherwise require prohibitive effort and cost, or not be possible at all. Such research studies can add value by enabling, for example: larger sample sizes for greater statistical power; the creation of richer cohorts; and cross-jurisdictional comparisons.

Practical issues in cross-centre working

Cross-centre data-intensive working holds great potential to promote and enable research. There is an array of practical issues that may impact on this goal, and these may require innovative solutions. Some examples are: creating technologies and data sharing platforms; developing methodological solutions; overcoming challenges inherent in the data; encountering cultural issues; and navigating regulatory & governance frameworks.

The closing date is 16th December 2022 and we very much look forward to receiving new papers in this rapidly developing area of work.

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Please refer to the Author Guidelines before completing your submission.