Sharing is a Cardinal Virtue, But Scientists Still Struggle With It

3/10/2017 - Associate Professor of Psychology Simine Vazire in Stat.

Sharing is one of the first interpersonal skills we develop as kids. The sandbox toys are for everyone. Bobby gets a turn on the swings, then Belinda does. You don’t offer treats to classmates unless you have enough for everyone.

But by that measure, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition may need to go back to preschool. The journal recently found itself arguing the unarguable when it tried to expel a member of its editorial board who refused to review a manuscript until the authors — gasp! — showed their data.

Authors often don’t want to share. Sometimes, they claim that the data are proprietary, which may well be the case. But there are solutions to that. Data can be shared with reviewers on a confidential basis, as Simine Vazire, a psychologist at the University of California, Davis, suggested to Nature.

Read the full story in Stat.