Archiving primary data: solutions for long-term studies

J.A. Mills, C. Teplitsky, B. Arroyo, A. Charmantier, P. H. Becker, T.R. Birkhead, P. Bize, D.T. Blumstein, C. Bonenfant, S. Boutin, A. Bushuev, E. Cam, A. Cockburn, S.D. Côté, J.C. Coulson, F. Daunt, N.J. Dingemanse, B. Doligez, H. Drummond, R.H.M. EspieM. Festa-Bianchet, F. Frentiu, J.W. Fitzpatrick, R.W. Furness, D. Garant, G. Gauthier, P.R. Grant, M. Griesser, L. Gustafsson, B. Hansson, M.P. Harris, F. Jiguet, P. Kjellander, E. Korpimäki, C.J. Krebs, L. Lens, J.D.C. Linnell, M. Low, A. McAdam, A. Margalida, J. Merilä, A.P. Møller, S. Nakagawa, J.-Å. Nilsson, I.C.T. Nisbet, A.J. van Noordwijk, D. Oro, T. Pärt, F. Pelletier, J. Potti, B. Pujol, D. Réale, R.F. Rockwell, Y. Ropert-Coudert, A. Roulin, C. Thébaud, J.S. Sedinger, J.E. Swenson, M.E. Visser, D.F. S.Wanless Westneat, A.J. Wilson, A. Zedrosser

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The recent trend for journals to require open access to primary data included in publications has been embraced by many biologists, but has caused apprehension amongst researchers engaged in long-term ecological and evolutionary studies. A worldwide survey of 73 principal investigators (Pls) with long-term studies revealed positive attitudes towards sharing data with the agreement or involvement of the PI, 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. We present here their viewpoint on an issue that can have non-trivial scientific consequences. We discuss potential costs of public data archiving and provide possible solutions to meet the needs of journals and researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-589
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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