The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Wednesday released a report with broad recommendations for maintaining the integrity of data in the digital age (“Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age”).
The JCB has been at the forefront of establishing standards for handling digital image data. In February 2006, the JCB Editors voiced the need for community-sanctioned standards for maintaining data integrity in a letter to NAS President Ralph Cicerone. The letter, along with subsequent concerns about digital data raised by other academic publishers, provided the impetus for the NAS study, which was commissioned in May 2006.
In Wednesday’s NAS announcement, the JCB is cited for its proactive steps in establishing specific guidelines for “acceptable and unacceptable ways to alter images”.
The JCB commends the NAS on their efforts in producing this report. The Rockefeller University Press holds that journal editors have an important role in enforcing standards of data integrity, including screening all digital images for evidence of manipulation.