Data Sharing in Psychology: A Survey on Barriers and Preconditions

Bobby Lee Houtkoop*, Chris Chambers, Malcolm Macleod, Dorothy V.M. Bishop, Thomas E. Nichols, Eric Jan Wagenmakers

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Abstract / Description of output

Despite its potential to accelerate academic progress in psychological science, public data sharing remains relatively uncommon. In order to discover the perceived barriers to public data sharing and possible means for lowering them, we conducted a survey, which elicited responses from 600 authors of articles in psychology. The results confirmed that data are shared only infrequently. Perceived barriers included respondents’ belief that sharing is not a common practice in their fields, their preference to share data only upon request, their perception that sharing requires extra work, and their lack of training in sharing data. Our survey suggests that strong encouragement from institutions, journals, and funders will be particularly effective in overcoming these barriers, in combination with educational materials that demonstrate where and how data can be shared effectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-85
Number of pages16
JournalAdvances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • data availability
  • open data
  • open materials
  • open practices
  • open science
  • preregistered
  • public data sharing


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