Friday, February 25, 2011

MCP changes policy on raw data

As of February 22, authors submitting to MCP are no longer required to place their RAW data in a publicly accessible database.  I don't know why the journal has made this decision, but I don't like it.  Its simply too easy in this field to fabricate data.  MCP still 'strongly encourages' the deposition of data, but I would prefer that it was mandatory unless particular stipulating conditions, such as patent rights were involved.  Even in those cases I feel that the data should be deposited once those stipulations have expired or been resolved.