University researchers push back on journal demand for clinical trial data

August 5, 2016

University researchers are pushing back on a proposal by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors that would require researchers to publish data from clinical trials. The editors have described this as an ethical imperative, while skeptics have warned about moving forward without a firm plan and imposable requirements for sharing. A group organized by scientists at McMaster University has instead proposed delaying the data disclosure deadline by at least two years, as well as having independent statisticians review released data. Researchers have also requested that compensation be made available in order to counter the associated costs. Chronicle of Higher Education