for research purposes and at no cost) and readily accessible through other means (for example, on-line). Moreover, when it is necessary to enable further research, central and integral information should be made available in a form that enables it to be manipulated, analyzed, and combined with other scientific data.

Principle 3. If publicly accessible repositories for data have been agreed on by a community of researchers and are in general use, the relevant data should be deposited in one of them by the time of publication.

As a way to improve the process of sharing publication-related data, the committee makes the following recommendation:

Recommendation 1. The scientific community should continue to be involved in crafting appropriate terms of any legislation that provides additional database protection.

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