FAQ for participants

What is this survey about?

Policies that request and require investigators to share research data are becoming more common. This research explores the impact of such policies on the experiences, attitudes, and practices of active scientists. The results will help inform future data archiving policies.

Why should I participate?

You have been selected to receive this survey invitation as the corresponding author of a recently published paper in a select group of journals. By participating in this survey, you will help improve the accuracy and generalizability of the research findings.

Please complete this survey regardless of your background or opinions! Community norms around public data archiving are still developing. It is important to hear from everyone who receives this invitation:

  • students and new scientists as well as those with many years of experience
  • scientists who have shared data before and those who haven’t
  • people with strong opinions about these issues, and also those who haven’t thought much about them before.

The questionnaire will take about 8-12 minutes to complete.
Questions will be asked about your thoughts and experiences with public data archiving.

What is the benefit to me?

The direct benefit is a warm glow from knowing that you have contributed to the understanding of scientific data sharing and reuse, and that your opinion is being counted and will influence future policy. In addition, as a small token of appreciation for completing the survey, I invite you to enter a one-time drawing for a $20 Amazon gift certificate. The winner of the drawing will be randomly chosen from all entries collected in this round of the questionnaire.

Will my responses be anonymous?

Yes. You will be invited to provide an optional email address for the sole (and temporary) purpose of the prize drawing: your email address will not be associated with your survey responses in any way.

I plan on maximizing the usefulness of this research by making the anonymous questionnaire responses openly available in a data repository, after aggregating or obfuscating any responses that could otherwise facilitate identification.

Is this study endorsed by my journal?

This independent research study is neither affiliated with, nor endorsed by, any publisher or journal.

More information?

More details on this study are available on this research study website.

The research study has been approved by the IRB at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Study #10-2196.  If you are a participant in this study and have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject you may contact, anonymously if you wish, the Office of Human Research Ethics by calling (919) 966-3113 or by emailing IRB_Subjects@unc.edu.

Thanks very much for taking the time to record your opinions and experiences.  Please contact me with any questions or suggestions, anytime:

Heather Piwowar, PhD
DataONE Postdoc research associate at the
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)