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I agree completely with Dr. Grosch

Posted by PLOS_CompBiol on 26 Feb 2008 at 14:42 GMT

encouraging authors to provide readers access to raw data

I would like to add to his suggestion of "encouraging authors to provide readers access to raw data". I think that journals should promote, or even require, that authors make the source code of any software used in their research available to readers. This is a unique way to validate computational results, which would foster discussions and provide a better understanding of models.

Originally posted as a Reader Response on 5th October 2007
Submitted by: Carlos Gershenson
Occupation: Postdoctoral Fellow
New England Complex Systems Institute and Vrije Universiteit Brussel