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The life-changing magic of sharing your data

Nature Human Behaviourvolume 3pages312315 (2019) | Download Citation


The benefits of data sharing to the scientific community are widely agreed upon. But does data sharing also benefit individual scientists? I argue that data sharing may carry tangible benefits to one’s own research that can outweigh any potential associated costs.

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  1. Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

    • Laurence T. Hunt
  2. Max Planck-UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, University College London, London, UK

    • Laurence T. Hunt


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    Summary of survey data; Survey on Data Sharing screenshots; and Answers to free text survey questions.

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