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?
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