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Research Article

Empirical Study of Data Sharing by Authors Publishing in PLoS Journals

  • Caroline J. Savage,

    Affiliation: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Andrew J. Vickers mail

    vickersa@mskcc.org

    Affiliation: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York, United States of America

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  • Published: September 18, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0007078
  • Published in PLOS ONE

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Consequences for not sharing?

Posted by S-E-L on 27 Sep 2009 at 09:57 GMT

This study confirms what many researchers have experienced when trying to obtain original data.

What is the value of a data sharing policy when it is not, or cannot, be enforced? Perhaps authors that do not share data without a valid reason (e.g. confidentiality, further analyses planned, etc.) should only be allowed to publish further articles in PLoS journals when they have complied with previous requests for data.

No competing interests declared.