The benefits and risks of requiring researchers to share data

The benefits and risks of requiring researchers to share data

Can J Surg 2016;59(6):364-65 | PDF

Vivian C. McAlister, MB; Edward J. Harvey, MD

Summary

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors has sponsored many developments in medical research reporting that have improved the quality of research. Their proposal to require a statement by researchers regarding the availability of underlying data for sharing has the potential for a significant advance in medical knowledge. The Canadian Journal of Surgery supports the initiative and will develop mechanisms to support authors in meeting this new requirement.


Affiliations: Coeditors, Canadian Journal of Surgery (McAlister, Harvey); Department of Surgery, Western University, London, Ont. (McAlister); and the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Que. (Harvey).

Competing interests: E.J. Harvey is the Chief Medical Officer of Greybox Healthcare (Montreal) and Chairman of the Board of NXT-Sens Inc. (Montreal). None declared for V.C. McAlister.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.015116