PLOS’ Bold Data Policy
If you pay any attention at all to scholarly publishing, you're likely aware of the current uproar over PLOS' recent announcement requiring all article authors to make their data publicly available. This is a bold move, and a forward-looking policy from PLOS. It may, for many reasons, have come too early to be effective, but ultimately, that may not be the point.
Make no mistake, data availability is an important new frontier in scholarly research. Last year's White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memo on public access to research results