B – Data archiving

Whitlock MC, McPeek MA, Rausher MD, et al. Data archiving. The American Naturalist 2010;175:145-146.

Most data in ecology and evolution are lost to science very quickly after they are collected or summarised. Once a study has been published, the data are often stored unreliably. Yet these data are invaluable to science, for meta‐analysis, new uses, and quality control. The example of GenBank shows the value of the availability of data. To promote the preservation and fuller use of data, The American Naturalist, Evolution, the Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Ecology, Heredity, and other key journals in evolution and ecology will soon introduce a new data‐archiving policy.