Archiving Primary Data: Solutions for Long-Term Studies

The recent trend for journals to require open access to primary data included in publications has caused apprehension amongst researchers engaged in long-term ecological studies. A worldwide survey of 73 principal investigators (Pls) with long-term studies revealed positive attitudes towards sharing data with the agreement, and 93% of PIs have historically shared data.

Only 8% were in favor of uncontrolled, open access to primary data while 63% expressed serious concern. In a TREE "opinion" paper, we discuss potential costs of public data archiving and provide possible solutions to meet the needs of journals and researchers.

Article (Mills et al. 2015. Archiving Primary Data... TREE) can be found from my ResearchGate page

Erkki Korpimäki