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Credit for Data Sharing

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard (MRCT Center), and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) launched the Credit for Data Sharing initiative to describe and implement a system to appropriately credit researchers for sharing data.


An early framework for this project was published in April 2017 (Data Authorship as an Incentive to Data Sharing). Since that point, a core group of participants has further expanded the concept of how a system of credit could be put into practice. The scope of this project and of the workshop is on data after it has been generated and the decision to share it has been made. The proposed process starts with a researcher uploading data to a repository and ends with the researcher able to locate uses of their data either via their individual persistent identifier (PID) or the PID attached to the dataset. An invitation-only workshop in April 2018 engaged a broader group to specifically focus on the actions needed from academic institutions, journals and publishers, and nonprofit and government funding agencies to support and increase data sharing by making it possible for researchers to receive credit for their work.

Credit for Data Sharing Workshop

The End-to-End Process presents a validated, technically feasible solution that would facilitate the flow of information used to track and award credit for data sharing. The accompanying discussion document outlining stakeholder actions and responsibilities is intended to highlight some of the existing platforms and initiatives that are supporting this process and to provide context for the schematic.


For questions regarding this project please contact:

-Heather Pierce, Senior Director for Science Policy and Regulatory Counsel,

-Anu Dev, Lead Specialist for Science Policy,

Last updated: April 10, 2018.