What Price Progress: The Costs of an Effective Data Publishing Policy - The Scholarly Kitchen
peter.suber's bookmarks 2021-06-24
"All of these policies come with a cost, and one of the biggest costs comes in monitoring and enforcing compliance. A policy without teeth — without actual consequences for non-compliance — loses all effectiveness. We know that researchers are overburdened and short on time. Anything that they don’t have to do, they won’t do. When the NIH’s PubMed Central deposit policy was not actively enforced, compliance was poor. Now that it has been tied to grant renewal and receiving future grants, compliance has improved (although is still not 100% and is still heavily reliant upon the efforts of publishers on behalf of authors)...
With no enforcement, is data archiving really a requirement or just a gentle suggestion? Without effective monitoring and enforcement, the policy becomes an empty promise. But how would a journal go about enforcing such a policy? One of the pioneers in data publication, GigaScience, requires authors to deposit their data in the journal’s own database, and assigns a peer reviewer to specifically review that data. No data, no paper...."