March 17, 2018

Journal Article: “Data Authorship as an Incentive to Data Sharing”


Data Authorship as an Incentive to Data Sharing


Barbara E. Bierer, M.D.

Mercè Crosas, Ph.D.

Heather H. Pierce, J.D., M.P.H.


New England Journal of Medicine
April 27, 2017

From the Article

We believe that both as a matter of fairness and as a matter of providing an incentive for data sharing, the persons who initially gathered the data should receive appropriate and standardized credit that can be used for academic advancement, for grant applications, and in broader situations. We propose a system of recognition whereby data generators are identified and cited by means of a designation that would be standardized and differentiated from the designation of the authors of a peer-reviewed journal article.

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