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Science  04 Mar 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6277, pp. 1007
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf4545
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The Science family of journals is committed to sharing data relevant to public health emergencies, and therefore we are signatories to, and wholeheartedly endorse, the following statement by funders and journals.*

Statement on Data Sharing in Public Health Emergencies

The arguments for sharing data, and the consequences of not doing so, have been thrown into stark relief by the Ebola and Zika outbreaks.

In the context of a public health emergency of international concern, there is an imperative on all parties to make any information available that might have value in combatting the crisis.

We are committed to working in partnership to ensure that the global response to public health emergencies is informed by the best available research evidence and data, as such:

  • Journal signatories will make all content concerning the Zika virus free to access. Any data or preprint deposited for unrestricted dissemination ahead of submission of any paper will not pre-empt its publication in these journals.

  • Funder signatories will require researchers undertaking work relevant to public health emergencies to set in place mechanisms to share quality-assured interim and final data as rapidly and widely as possible, including with public health and research communities and the World Health Organisation.

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We urge other organisations to make the same commitments.

This commitment is in line with the consensus statement agreed at a WHO expert consultation on data sharing last year whereby researchers are expected to share data at the earliest opportunity, once they are adequately controlled for release and subject to any safeguards required to protect research participants and patients.

Signatories to the Statement

  • Academy of Medical Sciences, UK

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

  • Bulletin of the World Health Organization

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Department of Biotechnology, Government of India

  • Department for International Development (DFID)

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

  • eLife

  • Faculty of 1000 (F1000)

  • Fondation Mérieux

  • Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz)

  • Institut Pasteur

  • Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)

  • The JAMA Network

  • The Lancet

  • Médecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

  • National Academy of Medicine

  • National Institutes of Health, USA

  • National Science Foundation

  • The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)

  • PLOS

  • Science Journals

  • South African Medical Research Council

  • Springer Nature

  • UK Medical Research Council

  • Wellcome Trust

  • ZonMw—The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development

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