Researchers Push Back Against Journals’ Demands That Medical Data Be Shared
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"Hundreds of university researchers pushed back on Wednesday against a proposal by editors of the world’s top medical journals to require that data from clinical trials be quickly shared. Instead, the researchers urged terms that would delay the period before data must be disclosed and provide economic and academic compensation to researchers who carry out the trials.
The plan, which was outlined in January by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, would require comprehensive data sharing within six months of an article’s publication. But a group of more than 300 researchers, writing in The New England Journal of Medicine, said that proposal was far too hasty.
The researchers noted that journals publish the results of more than 25,000 clinical trials a year. Imposing a firm requirement for sharing the underlying statistical data, they said, could raise “enormous costs” for researchers and lead to misleading or inaccurate analyses...."