Data Sharing Policy

  1. Introduction

The Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research (JHRR) advocates for the sharing of data to enhance the credibility, reproducibility, and overall impact of the research it publishes. This policy outlines the expectations for data sharing associated with articles submitted to JHRR.

  1. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to encourage authors to share their research data, thereby facilitating scientific discovery and innovation in the fields of health and rehabilitation. Sharing data supports the validation of research findings, enables the exploration of new research questions, and fosters collaboration among researchers.

  1. Scope

This policy applies to all manuscripts submitted to JHRR, including but not limited to, original research articles, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses.

  1. Data Availability Statement

Authors are required to provide a data availability statement with their manuscript. This statement should detail:

The availability of the dataset(s) and how it can be accessed.

  • The repository where the data is stored, including a persistent identifier or DOI.
  • Conditions of access if the data is not publicly available.
  • A rationale if data is not available.
  1. Public Repositories

Authors are encouraged to deposit their data in a recognized public repository suitable for their data type and field. The chosen repository should ensure long-term preservation and easy accessibility of the data.

  1. Exceptions and Restrictions

JHRR recognizes situations where data sharing may be restricted due to ethical, privacy, or commercial concerns. Authors should clearly state any such restrictions in the data availability statement and provide justification.

  1. Ethical and Legal Compliance

Authors must ensure that data sharing complies with all relevant ethical guidelines and legal requirements, including participant consent and privacy protections. Data must be de-identified appropriately to safeguard participant confidentiality.

  1. Data Citation

Datasets should be cited in accordance with scholarly citation practices, including in the manuscript's reference list. Citations should include persistent identifiers or DOIs where available.

  1. Compliance and Enforcement

Adherence to this data sharing policy is a condition of publication in JHRR. The journal reserves the right to request additional information about data sharing practices from authors and may consider non-compliance as a basis for manuscript rejection.

  1. Support for Authors

JHRR is committed to assisting authors in complying with this data sharing policy. Authors with questions or concerns about data sharing are encouraged to contact the editorial office for assistance.

Bibliography This policy is informed by best practices in scholarly publishing and data sharing, drawing from guidelines established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Additionally, it reflects the principles outlined in the FAIR Data Principles for scientific data management and stewardship.


  1. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). (n.d.). Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. Retrieved from
  2. Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (n.d.). Guidelines on Data Sharing. Retrieved from
  3. Wilkinson, M. D., Dumontier, M., Aalbersberg, I. J., et al. (2016). The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship. Scientific Data, 3:160018. DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2016.18