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[Comment] Providing incentives to share data early in health emergencies: the role of journal editors

The recent epidemic of Ebola virus disease in west Africa showed the power of data generated and analysed by the responder and academic communities to help shape and improve the public health response in international health emergencies. The swift response of clinical, public health, and academic professionals from diverse backgrounds was exemplary. Data and insights from many sciences, especially in peer-reviewed papers and online data, were crucial to planning the immediate and medium-term strategy.