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Clinical Researcher

Clinical Researcher is the clinical trial community’s flagship peer-reviewed journal. Featuring expert voices and industry thought leaders, each issue delves deep into the hottest topics and emerging trends in clinical research.


June 2024
Let’s Get Personal: Scaling Clinical Research Down to You and Me
Contributors to this issue weigh in on the theme of “Let’s Get Personal: Scaling Clinical Research Down to You and Me” by focusing on the design and delivery of research participation opportunities for special populations, the research team’s relationship with trial management technologies and quality management tactics, and various aspects of patient centricity and personalized or precision medicine in today’s clinical research enterprise. 

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April 2024
The Benefits of Breaking Out of Comfort Zones
Contributors to this issue invite you to consider “The Benefits of Breaking Out of Comfort Zones,” whether by making new friends and colleagues at ACRP 2024, tackling diversity challenges in your trials through new recruitment tactics and site locations, exploring new or underappreciated approaches to research training and benefit-risk calculation, leaning into better relationships and technology practices across the site-sponsor/CRO divide, absorbing lessons from real-world research ethics cases, and more.

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February 2024
Precision Cuts Both Ways
With high-tech enhancements bringing ever-greater precision and cold logic to the design and conduct of clinical trials, the spirits at work in contributions to the February issue caution us that “Precision Cuts Both Ways,” and urge us to remember that our doggedly efficient and high-stakes pursuit of breakthrough therapies should not come at the cost of losing our capacity for practicing self-reflection, cultural humility, empathy, and other warm, human qualities as we collaborate with study participants.

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December 2023
Strategic Thinking for Complex Clinical Research Trials and Careers
As we line up our moves to segue successfully from the end of one year into the beginning of another, it’s time for some “Strategic Thinking for Complex Clinical Research Trials and Careers,” delivered here in the form of peer-reviewed articles, special features, and columns concentrating on the future of decentralized trials, career development, data monitoring, gene therapies, and more.

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Issue Archive

October 2023
Your Tickets for Trial Success
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August 2023
Everything Must Change
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June 2023
Not Just Numbers: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Real People
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April 2023
Getting Down to Business in Clinical Research
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February 2023
Revolutions Within Our Reach
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December 2022
Navigating the Data Stream: Practical and Digital Tactics for Researchers in Search of Direction
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October 2022
What’s Keeping You Up at Night?
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August 2022
We’re All in This Boat Together
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June 2022
Mapping the Way to Modern Trial Design, Management, and Analysis
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April 2022
Gears in Motion
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February 2022
The Power of New Perspectives On the Clinical Research Workforce
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December 2021
Parts of a Whole: Evaluating and Elevating Your Role in the Clinical Research Enterprise
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November 2021
Fine-Tuning Your Organization’s Research Dynamics
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September 2021
Soft Skills and Hard Choices on the Clinical Research Radar
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August 2021
Overlooked No More
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July 2021
Opening New Doors on a Protean Process
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May 2021
Careers and Challenges Behind the Clinical Trials Technology Curtain
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April 2021
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Clinical Research? We Can Do It!
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March 2021
Does the World Recognize the Clinical Research Professional in Your Mirror?
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January 2021
Changed for the Better: A Brave New World for Researchers and Patients in 2021
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December 2020
Reviews and Previews: Upbeat Investigations of Recent and Upcoming Innovations in Clinical Research
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November 2020
Career Advice from Research Veterans
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September 2020
Good Study Streamlining Practices: Speeding (Safely) for the Finish Line
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August 2020
Rethinking Risk, Race, and Other Urgent Issues in Clinical Research
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June 2020
The More Things Change…
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May 2020
Lessons Learned for Research Access, Safety, and Human Subject Protections
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April 2020
Aiming for Accuracy in the World of Subject Recruitment—April 2020
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March 2020
Starting Off on the Right Foot
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February 2020
Research Studies and Studying Research: Designing a Better Tomorrow
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January 2020
Rising Expectations in Research: Are You Sinking or Swimming?
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December 2019
Rules and Regulations: Staying on the Straight and Narrow
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November 2019
Charting Early and Changing Career Courses
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September 2019
Breaking New Ground in Recruitment and Management for Trials
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August 2019
Connecting the Research Community
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June 2019
Insights and Imperatives
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May 2019
Mapping the Way to Site Success
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April 2019
The Nuts and Bolts of Clinical Trials
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March 2019
Finding Your Financial Footing in the Clinical Research Enterprise
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February 2019
Taking Aim at Adverse Events
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January 2019
The Future Has Arrived: Data and Technology Trends You’re Already Part Of
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Writing an article for Clinical Researcher is an excellent way to boost your professional development, gain recognition, share important information about the latest developments in clinical research with fellow professionals around the world, and help ACRP maintain its role as the leading voice and information resource for clinical research professionals everywhere.

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About Clinical Researcher

Each issue of Clinical Researcher offers continuing education credits through Home Study tests for ACRP Members’ professional development needs, and includes content for myriad facets of the clinical research enterprise.

The majority of the peer-reviewed articles focus on specific themes, and these scholarly articles and other informal columns are both solicited and accepted unsolicited from authors globally on topics that target the full range of the Members’ skill levels.

As of 2022, Clinical Researcher is published online six times per year (February, April, June, August, October, and December). Please contact Managing Editor Gary Cramer for information about the editorial calendar and how to submit articles and columns for consideration to appear in an upcoming issue.

Editorial Staff

Gary W. Cramer, Managing Editor since 2016, joined the ACRP staff in 2006 as an Editor/Writer and later was promoted to Associate Editor. A 1987 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, he has also worked as a daily newspaper reporter in Lancaster, Pa., in public/media relations and donor communications for Penn State, and as a writer/editor for Landscape Architecture Magazine from the American Society of Landscape Architects. For ACRP, he serves as overseer of the peer review process and editor/publisher of all contents for Clinical Researcher; as writer/editor for blogs and the weekly Beat e-newsletter; and as general editor-on-call for marketing, public relations, training/development, and certification resources.