TIER2 Pilot 7: On a mission to increase data sharing through editorial workflows

19 April 2024

Guided by the mission to foster community-driven stakeholder development, TIER2 has launched its Pilot activities campaign #TIER2Pilots. These eight activities, co-designed with the project’s stakeholders, aim to revolutionise reproducibility-related tools and practices across the research lifecycle.  

For the upcoming weeks, we will be sharing insights into each Pilot's journey, continuing with Pilot 7 – Editorial Workflows to Increase Data Sharing 

The goal of Pilot 7 is to improve editorial workflows aimed at increasing the sharing of research data underlying publications. Research data sharing is an important building block for reproducibility and transparency, but current rates of data sharing remain low.  

Activities in the Pilot will be conducted along two axes:  

  1. Intervention study: We will conduct a randomised controlled trial of an intervention targeting data availability statements (DAS). Currently, DAS often contain generic language stating that data is “available upon request", rather than providing direct ways to obtain the data. We will pilot an intervention aiming to increase the rate of shared data. 

  1. Delphi study: In addition, initial exchanges with our stakeholders have unveiled a need to explore current issues around data sharing and potential solutions in greater detail. To facilitate this process, we will conduct a Delphi study to gather consensus on the most pressing issues and best paths to improve the status quo. 

Starting in January 2024, the Pilot is expected to run until September 2025, and includes representatives of the American Psychological Association, the BMJ, Cambridge University Press, Cell Press, eLife Sciences Publications Limited, EMBO Press, F1000 (Taylor & Francis), GigaScience Press, Oxford University Press, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, The Lancet, and Wiley

TIER2 project coordinators Thomas Klebel and Tony Ross-Hellauer from Know-Center GmbH are leading on designing and conducting of the studies, using co-creation methods to include the aforementioned partners, with the immediate next steps being the pre-registration of study protocols.

If you would like to find out more or potentially get involved, you can learn more or get in touch with the Pilot leads here. 

Pilot 7