Clinical Oral Investigations

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 275–280 | Cite as

Public availability of research data in dentistry journals indexed in Journal Citation Reports

  • Antonio Vidal-Infer
  • Beatriz Tarazona
  • Adolfo Alonso-Arroyo
  • Rafael Aleixandre-Benavent
Original Article



Dentistry is a medical discipline with an increasing scientific production in the last years. Due to the importance of data sharing in science, this study aims at analyzing the availability of raw data in articles from scientific journals indexed in the Dentistry category of the 2014 edition of the Journal Citation Reports.

Material and methods

A review of the 88 websites of journals from the Dentistry category was conducted to determine the data-sharing editorial policies. Furthermore, a search in the PubMed Central repository to collect information about the characteristics of the supplementary material of articles from those journals was carried out.


The possibility of publishing a supplementary material was higher in the first quartile journals. A percentage of 7.6% of the articles registered in PubMed Central contained a supplementary material, especially text documents, but the presence of spreadsheets was scarce.


There is a relationship between openness policies and the impact of the journals according to their quartile or position ranking by the impact factor in the JCR, but the willingness of sharing raw data in spreadsheets format is still limited.

Clinical relevance

This study will reveal the resources of raw data which will improve quality of research and clinical practice.


Data sharing Dentistry Open data Open access Supplementary material 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


The work was supported by the National R+D+I of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Spanish Government, Spain.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors. All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed. All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

For this type of study, formal consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Vidal-Infer
    • 1
  • Beatriz Tarazona
    • 2
  • Adolfo Alonso-Arroyo
    • 1
  • Rafael Aleixandre-Benavent
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of the History of Science and Information Science, School of Medicine and DentistryUniversity of ValenciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Stomatology, School of Medicine and DentistryUniversity of ValenciaValenciaSpain
  3. 3.Ingenio (CSIC—Politechnic University of Valencia), UISYS (CSIC—University of Valencia)ValenciaSpain

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