Research Data Publishing Ethics

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Description

Increases in research data-sharing practices have highlighted a growing number of ethical challenges related to the sharing and publication of datasets. While ethical best practices, guidelines, and recommendations for addressing ethical issues related to journal articles are well documented, there are currently no established  ethics standards, guidelines, or recommendations for data publications. Led by a team of professionals across the publishing, publication ethics, and repository landscapes, the Working Group plans to draft a document outlining categories of data ethics cases, examples and proposed workflows for addressing them, and recommendations for cross-organizational participation and action. The goal of the Group is to distribute this document through FORCE11 and other channels to drive a community conversation leading to an accepted and adoptable framework of suggested workflows, escalation pathways, and resources for handling ethical issues related to research data publication.

Goals

The goal of this Working Group is to develop industry-leading guidance (non prescriptive) and recommended best practices to and between repositories, journal publishers, and institutions in regard to the ethical responsibilities associated with publishing research data.

Activities

Led by a team of professionals across the publishing, publication ethics, and repository landscapes, the Working Group plans to draft a document outlining categories of data ethics cases, examples and proposed workflows for addressing them, and recommendations for cross-organizational participation and action. The goal of the Group is to distribute this document through FORCE11 and other channels to drive a community conversation leading to an accepted and adoptable framework of suggested workflows, escalation pathways, and resources for handling ethical issues related to research data publication.

Deliverables

The successful completion of this working group will produce:

  • Set of recommended workflows and flowcharts broken down by category of concerns (e.g., risk to participants, scientifically flawed)
  • Comprehensive set of example cases and resources for data repositories, platforms, and publishers to access

Engagement

A group of ten journal publishing, research integrity, data repository, and scholarly infrastructure experts came together in March, 2020 to begin working on a strawman set of cases and proposed pathways for the handling of research data publishing ethics cases. This initial group represents government, non profit and commercial publishing, and data repository perspectives from across 4 countries. The goal of this group is to build up broad engagement, globally, across the scholarly communications landscape, to develop community led best practice guidelines. Engagement will be initiated by targeted invitations to a broader group of experts, and then publicly marketed across community listservs and related working groups
 

Group Email

data_ethics@force11.org (private list for group members only)

Working Group Participation