Recommended practices for the open publication of epidemiological research data and reports




Epidemiology, Open Publishing, Transparent Data, Open access, Public health


Introduction: Epidemiology plays a fundamental role in public health by providing evidence for decision making. However, the lack of access to data limits the evaluation and replicability of epidemiological studies.
Objective: Establish recommended practices for the open publication of epidemiological research data and reports, in order to maximize their value and accessibility.
Method: A systematic review of open publication guidelines was conducted. Good practices were identified in the stages of collection, storage, publication and dissemination of epidemiological information.
Results: Consensus was found on the importance of using standardized instruments, documenting metadata, storing data in repositories with open licenses, assigning digital identifiers and publishing in open access journals.
Conclusions: The adoption of these recommended practices will substantially improve the quality, replicability and use of epidemiological research. This will strengthen transparency, scientific collaboration and evidence-based decision making.


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Ferrer-Peñaranda L-A, Castro Llaja L, Ferrer-Mejía M-L, Díaz Tavera ZR, Ramirez Wong FM, Velarde Dávila L, Dávila-Morán RC. Recommended practices for the open publication of epidemiological research data and reports. Data and Metadata [Internet]. 2023 Oct. 25 [cited 2023 Dec. 3];2:108. Available from:



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