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Jan 21 / Katherine Akers

Leading medical journals to require clinical data sharing

Several leading medical journals, including New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, PLOS Medicine, and The Lancet, are proposing new data sharing requirements. Specifically, before journals will consider the publication of manuscripts describing clinical trials, the authors must agree to share the deidentified individual patient data underlying the results described in the manuscript no later than 6 months after publication. In addition, authors must include a plan for data sharing as a component of clinical trial registration (i.e., at or another registry). Read more about the proposed requirements here. If you need help creating a data sharing plan or identifying an appropriate method for sharing your data, contact Research Data Services at