On SAGE Insight: Data Sharing in Psychology

Article details: Data Sharing in Psychology: A Survey on Barriers and Preconditions

From Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science

Despite its potential to accelerate academic progress in psychological science, public data sharing remains relatively uncommon. The aim of this study is to discover the perceived barriers to public data sharing and possible means for lowering them. A survey was conducted which elicited responses from 600 researchers active in psychology.

Results confirmed that data are shared only infrequently. Perceived barriers included respondents’ belief that sharing is not a common practice in their fields, their preference to share data only upon request, their perception that sharing requires extra work, and their lack of training in sharing data.

To conclude, the article suggests some options to improve data sharing. Mandatory data sharing (enforced by institutions, journals, or funders) and financial encouragement (i.e., increased grant amounts) are measures that would apparently be highly effective in increasing researchers’ willingness to share their data.

Abstract

Despite its potential to accelerate academic progress in psychological science, public data sharing remains relatively uncommon. In order to discover the perceived barriers to public data sharing and possible means for lowering them, we conducted a survey, which elicited responses from 600 authors of articles in psychology. The results confirmed that data are shared only infrequently. Perceived barriers included respondents’ belief that sharing is not a common practice in their fields, their preference to share data only upon request, their perception that sharing requires extra work, and their lack of training in sharing data. Our survey suggests that strong encouragement from institutions, journals, and funders will be particularly effective in overcoming these barriers, in combination with educational materials that demonstrate where and how data can be shared effectively.

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Article details
Data Sharing in Psychology: A Survey on Barriers and Preconditions
Bobby Lee Houtkoop, Chris Chambers, Malcolm Macleod, Dorothy V. M. Bishop, Thomas E. Nichols,, Eric-Jan Wagenmakers
First Published February 15, 2018
DOI: 10.1177/2515245917751886
From Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science

 

 

 

     
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