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Challenges to complete and useful data sharing


Received: 8 November 2016

Accepted: 24 January 2017

Published: 14 February 2017

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Open Peer Review reports

Pre-publication versions of this article and author comments to reviewers are available by contacting

Original Submission
8 Nov 2016 Submitted Original manuscript
22 Dec 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Bethan Copsey
23 Dec 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Susan Dutton
2 Jan 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Luigia Scudeller
10 Jan 2017 Author responded Author comments - Lawrence Mbuagbaw
Resubmission - Version 2
10 Jan 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 2
24 Jan 2017 Editorially accepted
14 Feb 2017 Article published 10.1186/s13063-017-1816-8

How does Open Peer Review work?

Open peer review is a system where authors know who the reviewers are, and the reviewers know who the authors are. If the manuscript is accepted, the named reviewer reports are published alongside the article. Pre-publication versions of the article and author comments to reviewers are available by contacting All previous versions of the manuscript and all author responses to the reviewers are also available.

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University
Biostatistics Unit, Father Sean O’Sullivan Research Centre, The Research Institute, St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Centre for Development of Best Practices in Health (CDBPH), Yaoundé Central Hospital
Departments of Paediatrics and Anaesthesia, McMaster University
Centre for Evaluation of Medicine, St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Population Health Research Institute, Hamilton Health Sciences