Recommendations for the role of publishers in access to data

PLoS Biol. 2014 Oct 28;12(10):e1001975. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001975. eCollection 2014 Oct.


As appeals for public access of research data continue to proliferate, many scholarly publishers-alongside funders, institutions, and libraries-are expanding their role to address this need. Here we outline eight recommendations and a set of suggested action items for publishers to promote and contribute to increasing access to data. This call to action emerged from a summit that brought together data stewardship leaders across stakeholder groups. The recommendations were subsequently refined by the community as a result of public input gathered online and in meetings.

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information*
  • Datasets as Topic*
  • Information Dissemination*

Grants and funding

The authors received no specific funding for this work.