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Data Integrity Report Sends Journals Back to the Drawing Board

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Science  24 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5939, pp. 381
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_381

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A National Academies panel released a report this week offering broad principles for dealing with data but calling on disciplines to work out the details themselves. Their conclusions boil down to three "principles": Researchers are responsible for ensuring the integrity of their data; data from published papers should be publicly accessible; and data should be properly archived. The report also offers 11 recommendations urging scientists, institutions, journals, and other players to develop standards and provide proper training. The suggestions include a few new points—for example, data-sharing should include not just the raw data but also the computer programs used to analyze it. But there are no detailed guidelines.