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Clear-Cut Publication Rules Prove Elusive

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Science  01 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5560, pp. 1625
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5560.1625

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A select group of scientists and journal editors met last week at the National Academy of Sciences to chisel out some commandments for their peers on the ethics of publishing. Organizers hoped that the session would produce clear and simple rules compelling scientists to share data. But the participants clashed on what it means to make the data backing a published claim "freely available"--reviving an argument that wracked the human genome community a year ago.