Data Access for the OA Literature: PLOS’s Data Policy

PLOS’s Data Policy coming into effect soon, March 2014

PLOS journals have requested data be available since their inception, but PLOS believes that providing more specific instructions for authors regarding appropriate data deposition options, and providing more information in the published article as to how to access data, is important for readers and users of the research it publishes. As a result, PLOS is now releasing a revised Data Policy that will come into effect on March 1, 2014, in which authors will be required to include a data availability statement in all research articles published by PLOS journals.

PLOS is still accepting input from the larger community of authors, researchers, patients, and others. You can find a revised Data Policy here. For public comments, you can contact individual PLOS journals or may directly contact at



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