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PLOS’ New Data Policy: Public Access to Data

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dolphin, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    @Sean drew my attention to the following, which I thought was worth highlighting more widely:

    http://blogs.plos.org/everyone/2014/02/24/plos-new-data-policy-public-access-data/

     
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  2. SOC

    SOC

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    Great news!
     
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    alex3619 Senior Member

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    A small step in the right direction. Its a beginning. Once all science is treated this way, then anyone can closely watch to ensure quality science is being reported.
     
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  4. Sean

    Sean Senior Member

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    The only remarkable thing about this simple step is that the scientific community declined to take it for so long.

    Seems a complete no-brainer to me. How can you possibly do proper independent analysis and verification – which surely is the basis of good quality peer reviewed science – without access to the basic data?
     
  5. Valentijn

    Valentijn The Diabolic Logic

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  6. biophile

    biophile Places I'd rather be.

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    Not a bad move.

    The policy only requires that the data relevant to the paper is made publicly available. So there is still room for omission, for example, by simply leaving out any analysis for which the researchers do not want the dataset publicly known. The policy may also discourage some researchers from submitting their papers to a PLoS journal.

    I guess this means we will never see another PACE Trial paper in a PLoS journal? At least any paper which involves revealing datasets which can be used to calculate the improvement and recovery rates as laid out in the earlier protocol.

    Afterall, we couldn't have the plebeians discovering by themselves that the improvement and recovery rates according to the stricter original definitions are several times lower than the over-hyped figures that were published instead!

    Researchers often see the data as their own and string out as many papers as possible.
    Sharing the data means others can publish other papers before them?
     
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  7. Sean

    Sean Senior Member

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    Researchers who generate the data certainly get the right to first bite at the analytical cherry, for say 12 months. After that it should go into the public domain, (after being properly anonymised, of course).
     
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