Friday, October 03, 2008

B - Don't release other people's data without their consent

Frank DN. Don't release other people's data without their consent. Nature
2008:455:589.

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v455/n7213/full/455589a.html


Letter commenting on Nature's report that data photographed during a
conference publication were later published without the presenter's
consent. The issue is whether the data are released in a fair and
representative manner. Biology operates under the implicit, ofd often
explicit, ethic that data presented at meetings are personal
communications - publication of which requires formal approval by the
originating researchers. Anyway, what is the purpose of reporting
incompletely vetted and possibly erroneous experimental results?

Thanks to Margaret Cooter

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