Otolaryngology Journal Data-sharing Policies: Adherence to the FAIR principles

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Background: Sharing data plays an essential role to advance scientific understanding. Here, we aim to identify commonalities or differences in data-sharing policies endorsed by otolaryngology journals, and to assess adherence to the FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable) principles.

Methods: Data sharing policies were searched among the top 10 otolaryngology journals, based off of the Google h5-index. Preliminary data extraction followed the gold standard for data management — the FAIR principles for scientific data management and stewardship. Data were extracted in a duplicate, masked, and independent fashion.

Results: Of the 10 sampled journal data-sharing policies, The Laryngoscope adhered most to the FAIR principles (6/10; 60%). The Laryngoscope and International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology adhered to all “Findability” items of the FAIR principles. Eight of 10 policies (80%) designated that metadata should have globally unique and persistent identifiers and 5 (5/10; 50%) policies outline that data should be described with rich metadata. Seven (7/10; 70%) and 9 (9/10; 90%) policies respectively specified that metadata should clearly include the identifier of the data they describe and that metadata should be indexed in a searchable resource. Zero policies outlined that metadata should be retrievable by a standardized communication protocol and remain accessible even when the data is no longer available. All policies stated that metadata should be presented in broadly applicable language for knowledge representation, but only 1 policy (1/10; 10%) specified use of vocabularies that follow the FAIR principles. Five policies (5/10; 50%) stated that metadata should include qualified references to other metadata, and 4 policies (4/10; 40%) outlined that metadata should be richly described with a plurality of accurate and relevant attributes.

Conclusion: Otolaryngology journals have varying data sharing policies, and adherence to the FAIR principles appears to be low. Further advancement in otolaryngology research requires transparency to allow results to be reproduced, confirmed, and debated.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 18 Feb 2022
EventOklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Week 2022 : Poster Presentation - Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, United States
Duration: 14 Feb 202218 Feb 2022


ConferenceOklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Research Week 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • data-sharing
  • reproducibility
  • FAIR principles


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