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Sharing Publication-Related Data and Materials

Responsibilities of Authorship in the Life Sciences


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-10: 0-309-08859-3


[T]he National Research Council created, in October 2001, the Committee on Responsibilities of Authorship in the Biological Sciences, whose members were chosen from academe and the commercial sector for their expertise in the life sciences and medicine and their experience with issues related to intellectual property rights, scientific publishing, data, software, technology transfer, and the structure of the scientific enterprise. The committee was given the following charge:

To conduct a study to evaluate the responsibilities of authors of scientific papers in the life sciences to share data and materials referenced in their publications. The study will examine requirements imposed on authors by journals, identify common practices in the community, and explore whether a single set of accepted standards for sharing exists. The study will also explore whether more appropriate standards should be developed, including what principles should underlie them and what rationale there might be for allowing exceptions to them.


This study was supported by Contract no. N01-OD-4-2139, Task Order #88 between the National Academy of Sciences and the Department of Health and Human Services/ the National Institutes of Health; Grant No. DBI-0127703 between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation; Agreement No. B2001-47 between the National Academy of Sciences and the Sloan Foundation; and the National Research Council Fund.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

Copyright © 2003, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK97158PMID: 22649805DOI: 10.17226/10613


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