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If data access is restricted for ethical or security reasons, the manuscript must include:

  • A description of the restrictions on the data.
  • What, if anything, the relevant Institutional Review Board (IRB) or equivalent said about the data sharing.
  • All necessary information required for a reader or reviewer to apply for access to the data and the conditions under which access will be granted.

Data Protection Issues
Where human data cannot be effectively de-identified, data must not be shared in order to protect participant privacy unless the individuals have given explicit written consent that their identifiable data can be made publicly available.
In instances where the data cannot be made available, the manuscript must include:

  • An explanation of the data protection concern.
  • Any intermediary data that can be de-identified without compromising anonymity.
  • What, if anything, the relevant Institutional Review Board (IRB) or equivalent said about data sharing.
  • Where applicable, all necessary information required for a reader or peer reviewer to apply for access to the data and the conditions under which access will be granted.
advanced-engineering-letters

Volume 2
Number 4
December 2023.