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Scientific Data: ‘Where should authors deposit clinical datasets, and how should peer review of these be done?

An editorial this week in Scientific Data discusses the systems that are emerging for authors to be able to deposit clinical datasets – such as the Yale Open Data Access (YODA, Project and Clinical Study Data Request (CSDR,, as well as Scientific Data itself (

The editorial also makes mention of draft guidelines, entitled ‘Publishing descriptions of non-public clinical datasets: guidance for researchers, repositories, editors and funding organisations’, which were developed with input and feedback from a working group including representatives from several pharmaceutical companies, research funders and the YODA and CSDR initiatives.

These guidelines are currently open for public comment until September 7th, 2015 – and will ultimately be published in a peer review journal.

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