To ensure that you have followed the publishing guidelines, your manuscript must be reviewed by the NCHS Confidentiality Office before submission for publication. An additional review may be warranted if substantive changes are made during the publication review process (e.g., peer review at a journal) to how the statistics obtained from the RDC are reported in the tables or text. Email your manuscript with "Manuscript Review" in the subject line to your RDC Analyst to start this process.
These guidelines refer only to disclosure concerns related to publishing. The RDC does not comment on scientific merit or impose any merit-based publishing guidelines.
When publishing you must
- Adhere to any additional requirements specified in the approval email (During the proposal process, the Review Committee may request to review your publication for disclosure concerns prior to publication.)
- Not reveal any information that could identify an individual or establishment
- Not reveal any information that could be used to identify geographic areas where respondents live or were sampled unless you specifically have permission to make estimates for those areas
- Not reveal any information about specific dates
- Not reveal any information from external sources of data that have been merged to NCHS data based on temporal or geographic components that could facilitate the identification of areas, dates, or individuals
- Ask the RDC staff for help any time you have a disclosure concern
Disclosure Concerns to Consider
Ask yourself the following questions while writing a publication based on restricted data.
Are you mentioning anything
If you are discussing something that you observed while in the RDC,
Were restricted geographic variables
Do not mention any specific geographic information not available on the
lower levels of geography.
If you are discussing the number of geographic units represented and didn't
Does your data set include any
Do not mention any exact datesLimit the number of unweighted sample sizes you show related to
If you want to mention coarsened dates (e.g. season, year),
Did your final analytic data set
Follow the same actions when discussing the non-NCHS data as you
Could an individual or establishment
Be mindful that the way you discuss inclusion and exclusion criteria
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