How to deal with lack of cooperation during a replication request?

+5 votes
76 views
asked Aug 4, 2015 in Open Science by Pat W. (40 points)

A number of top journals in the social sciences now require that authors make their data available to others as a matter of policy. This seems like a move towards a (limited) type of "openness."

That said, there's a real difference between availability, grudging availability, and usefulness (which might include detailed instructions on how intermediate datasets were used to create final datasets, etc.).

We're all pretty busy, but when authors of a paper published in a journal with an "availability" policy appear to be stonewalling a data request, is there any recourse?



This post has been migrated from the Open Science private beta at StackExchange (A51.SE)
commented Aug 18, 2015 by Alexander Konovalov (135 points)
If you think that this thread should be migrated to Academia or another SE site because the OpenScience beta is closing, please edit the list of questions shortlisted for the migration [here](http://meta.openscience.stackexchange.com/questions/73/).

This post has been migrated from the Open Science private beta at StackExchange (A51.SE)

1 Answer

+3 votes
answered Aug 5, 2015 by Gavin Simpson (720 points)
 
Best answer

You have very little recourse, unless the journal in which the paper was published has a policy on data availability/reuse and is willing to enforce it. Your first point of contact should be several, documented, attempts to contact the corresponding author. If you can contact some of the co-authors they might be able to assist in contacting the lead author. After that, you should contact the editor of the journal in question explaining which paper/author is in your opinion not complying with the journal's policy with your evidence. Then it is up to the editor to determine a course of action in line with the journal's policy.

Beyond that you only have public shaming and I'd be careful about doing that. You could describe the problems in a blog post say but could risk some backlash for doing so.



This post has been migrated from the Open Science private beta at StackExchange (A51.SE)

Welcome to Open Science Q&A, where you can ask questions and receive answers from other members of the community.

If you participated in the Open Science beta at StackExchange, please reclaim your user account now – it's already here!

e-mail the webmaster

...