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January 2016

Data sharing in medical research could soon become the norm, according to a series of articles published this month in PLOS Medicine. The papers, representing authors from the World Health Organization, the pharmaceutical corporation GlaxoSmithKline, the US National Library of Medicine, and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, discuss recent progress towards acceptance of data sharing, in particular for research related to public health emergencies, and for reports from clinical trials. This month's Editorial discusses the challenges that remain, including the need to ensure that researchers who share data receive appropriate recognition.

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Sharing Clinical Trial Data: A Proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

Darren B. Taichman, Joyce Backus, Christopher Baethge, Howard Bauchner, Peter W. de Leeuw, Jeffrey M. Drazen, John Fletcher, Frank A. Frizelle, Trish Groves, Abraham Haileamlak, Astrid James, Christine Laine, Larry Peiperl, Anja Pinborg, Peush Sahni, Sinan Wu

Can Data Sharing Become the Path of Least Resistance?

The PLOS Medicine Editors


Advancing Medical Professionalism in US Military Detainee Treatment

Leonard S. Rubenstein, Scott A. Allen, Phyllis A. Guze

Resuscitating the Dying Autopsy

Quique Bassat, Paola Castillo, Pedro L. Alonso, Jaume Ordi, Clara Menéndez

Between Openness and Privacy in Genomics

Effy Vayena, Urs Gasser

Policy Forums

Developing Global Norms for Sharing Data and Results during Public Health Emergencies

Kayvon Modjarrad, Vasee S. Moorthy, Piers Millett, Pierre-Stéphane Gsell, Cathy Roth, Marie-Paule Kieny

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