Thursday, May 2, 2013

Flu papers spark row over credit for data

Rush to publish on H7N9 avian flu upsets Chinese scientists.
“One has to recognize the sensitivities in relation to scientific priority,” says Hay, who thinks that many potential difficulties could be avoided if people spoke to each other more about their work and their publication plans.
“Scientific etiquette is without doubt a key to keeping the rapid sharing of data a reality,” says Shu. In this case, he continues, “after some initial concerns we found that both researchers and publishers were understanding of our predicament”.
Hay hopes that the hiccups won’t discourage Chinese researchers from making their H7N9 data publicly accessible quickly. “It is very important to continue to share sequences from the more recent cases,” he says.
For his part, Shu says that he is keen to ensure that researchers continue to have “unfettered access to data”.

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