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Open Access Highly Accessed Editorial

Unpublished genomic data–how to share?

Shreeya Nanda* and Maria K Kowalczuk

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BMC Genomics 2014, 15:5  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-5

Published: 14 January 2014


The field of genomics is often cited as the branch of biology that has led the way in data sharing. In most cases, sequencing data are made publicly available immediately after generation and often before the data generators have completed their analyses. Although the pros of such openness cannot be denied, problems can arise when unpublished genomic data are shared. In this editorial we touch on these issues and discuss the roles and responsibilities of the data generators, data users and journal editors.