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Journal Editors To Researchers: Show Everyone Your Clinical Data
National Public Radio

Medical editors don’t usually attract much attention. They perform their daily duties evaluating submissions and producing articles that, on good days, influence practice and policy.

But last Wednesday, the editors of the leading medical journals around the world made a proposal that could change medical science forever. They said that researchers would have to publicly share the data gathered in their clinical studies as a condition of publishing the results in the journals. This idea is now out for public comment.

As it stands now, medical scientists can publish their findings without ever making available the data upon which their conclusions were based.

Only some of the top journals, such as The BMJ, have tried to make data sharing a condition of publication. But authors who didn’t want to comply could just go elsewhere.

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