PLOS One response to concerns about King’s College refusal to share PACE data.

plos oneThe PLOS administrative staff have responded to recent concerns expressed about the PACE investigators not providing me with the data that they had promised would be available as a condition for the investigators publishing in PLOS One.

I have provided details of my request for the data here. You can see that although I am an academic editor at PLOS One, I have no more influence over the decision-making process than any other citizen.

I do think there will be some resolution, but it will take until after the holidays.

patients is a virtueI post the Notification from PLOS Staff here because some people have trouble accessing the PLOS website from mobile phones.

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Notification from PLOS staff

Posted by PLOS_ONE_Group on 15 Dec 2015 at 11:19 GMT

Several readers have raised concerns regarding the analyses reported in this article. We are also aware that there have been requests for the data from this study.

The article was published in 2012; the PLOS data policy that applies to the article is that for submissions prior to March 3, 2014, which is outlined here: http://journals.plos.org/…. The policy expects authors ‘to make freely available any materials and information described in their publication that may be reasonably requested by others for the purpose of academic, non-commercial research’. The policy also notes that access to the data should not compromise confidentiality in the context of human-subject research.

PLOS ONE takes seriously concerns raised about publications in the journal as well as concerns about compliance with the journal’s editorial policies. PLOS staff are following up on the different concerns raised about this article as per our internal processes. As part of our follow up we are seeking further expert advice on the analyses reported in the article, and we will evaluate how the request for the data from this study relates to the policy that applies to the publication. These evaluations will inform our next steps as we look to address the concerns that have been noted.

Competing interests declared: PLOS ONE Staff