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PLoS One. 2007 Mar 21;2(3):e308.

Sharing detailed research data is associated with increased citation rate.

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Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America. hpiwowar@cbmi.pitt.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Sharing research data provides benefit to the general scientific community, but the benefit is less obvious for the investigator who makes his or her data available.

PRINCIPAL FINDINGS:

We examined the citation history of 85 cancer microarray clinical trial publications with respect to the availability of their data. The 48% of trials with publicly available microarray data received 85% of the aggregate citations. Publicly available data was significantly (p = 0.006) associated with a 69% increase in citations, independently of journal impact factor, date of publication, and author country of origin using linear regression.

SIGNIFICANCE:

This correlation between publicly available data and increased literature impact may further motivate investigators to share their detailed research data.

PMID:
17375194
PMCID:
PMC1817752
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0000308
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