Data sharing and re-use in the traumatic stress field: An international survey of trauma researchers

Krithika Prakash, Nancy Kassam-Adams, Lonneke I.M. Lenferink, Talya Greene

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Background: The FAIR data principles aim to make scientific data more Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. In the field of traumatic stress research, FAIR data practices can help accelerate scientific advances to improve clinical practice and can reduce participant burden. Previous studies have identified factors that influence data sharing and re-use among scientists, such as normative pressure, perceived career benefit, scholarly altruism, and availability of data repositories. No prior study has examined researcher views and practices regarding data sharing and re-use in the traumatic stress field. Objective: To investigate the perspectives and practices of traumatic stress researchers around the world concerning data sharing, re-use, and the implementation of FAIR data principles in order to inform development of a FAIR Data Toolkit for traumatic stress researchers. Method: A total of 222 researchers from 28 countries participated in an online survey available in seven languages, assessing their views on data sharing and re-use, current practices, and potential facilitators and barriers to adopting FAIR data principles. Results: The majority of participants held a positive outlook towards data sharing and re-use, endorsing strong scholarly altruism, ethical considerations supporting data sharing, and perceiving data re-use as advantageous for improving research quality and advancing the field. Results were largely consistent with prior surveys of scientists across a wide range of disciplines. A significant proportion of respondents reported instances of data sharing and re-use, but gold standard practices such as formally depositing data in established repositories were reported as infrequent. The study identifies potential barriers such as time constraints, funding, and familiarity with FAIR principles. Conclusions: These results carry crucial implications for promoting change and devising a FAIR Data Toolkit tailored for traumatic stress researchers, emphasizing aspects such as study planning, data preservation, metadata standardization, endorsing data re-use, and establishing metrics to assess scientific and societal impact.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2254118
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychotraumatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the efforts of the member societies of the Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress who helped with dissemination of the survey to their members, the Global Collaboration for Traumatic Stress FAIR Data Workgroup who reviewed early versions of the survey and participated in designing the project, and the contributions of the international collaborative project team who participated in translation of the surveys into multiple languages: Paul Boelen (Utrecht University, Netherlands); Yaara Sadeh (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, USA); Anna Denejkina (YouthInsight and Translational Health Research Institute, Australia); Maya O’Neil (Oregon Health Services University, USA); the International Exchange Committee of the Japanese Society of Traumatic Stress Studies; Hyoung Yoon Chang (Ajou University School of Medicine, South Korea); Carolina González Urrutia (University of Queensland, Australia & Asociación Chilena de Estrés Traumático, Chile); Christian Haag Kristensen and Gustavo Ramos Silva (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), Alice Einloft Brunnet (Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France); Lisa-Dounia Soncin, Sara Belquaid, Eric Bui, Morgane Gindt, and Wissam El-Hage, on behalf of Réseau ABC des Psychotraumas, France; and Sami Richa and Rhea Khoury (University Saint-Joseph, Lebanon).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • data re-use
  • data sharing
  • FAIR data
  • research practices
  • researcher views
  • traumatic stress research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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