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Letters Sharing medical research data

Whose rights and who’s right?

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 14 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1499
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care1
  1. 1University College London
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

    The moral tone of Groves’ editorial—research is publicly funded; fellow scientists and citizens have a “right” to access “raw numbers, analyses, facts, ideas, and images”; some naughty researchers are colluding with industry to “keep the data hidden away”—was inappropriate.1

    Firstly, an increasing number of journal editors are making naive assumptions about the nature of research knowledge. A proportion of such knowledge—for example, in basic sciences—can …

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