Reblog: Is withholding your data simply bad science, or should it fall under scientific misconduct?

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 20.46.08On the LSE Impact Blog, I argue that if you don’t share your data, you are breaking professional standards in research, and are thus committing scientific misconduct.

I recently read a blog post by statistician Andrew Gelman, in which he commented on authors unwilling to share their data: “I’m not accusing [them] of scientific misconduct in not sharing their data.” I immediately remembered how I said to a group of grad students and post-docs at Berkeley that not sharing your data is not really misconduct, because they are not plagiarizing or committing fraud.

But was I right in saying that? Is withholding your data simply bad science, or does it – should it – fall under scientific misconduct? This question is crucial because ….

Read more on the LSE Impact Blog.


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