Open access requirement sparks debate

Data sharing policy at open access platform PLOS sparks debate among researchers

open-access-debateOnline open access publisher the Public Library of Science (PLOS) is refining a new policy that requires authors to make their data publicly available upon the publication of the accompanying article.

“Access to research results, immediately and without restriction, has always been at the heart of PLOS’ mission and the wider Open Access movement,” PLOS stated in January. “However, without similar access to the data underlying the findings, the article can be of limited use.”

Some critics have argued that the policy would place an extra burden on researchers and expose sensitive information, such as patient data.…Read More