The life-changing magic of sharing your data

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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Fig. 1: Increasing propensity to share data among psychology researchers at eight UK universities.
Fig. 2: Motivations and concerns when sharing data among psychology researchers at eight UK universities.


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Hunt, L.T. The life-changing magic of sharing your data. Nat Hum Behav 3, 312–315 (2019).

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