When writing your proposal follow the RDC Publication Guidelines listed below. To ensure that you have followed the guidelines, your manuscript must be reviewed by the RDC before submission for publication. An additional review may be warranted if substantive changes to how the statistics obtained from the RDC are reported in the tables or text are made during the publication review process (e.g., peer review at a journal). Email your manuscript with "Manuscript Review" in the subject line to your RDC Analyst to start this process.
- Adhere to any specific requirements in your approval or output review emails.
- We are aware that many journals are asking that data included in your article be made available. While this is not appropriate for data used in the RDC, we recommend you share your data dictionary and merge procedures outlined in Data Requirements (Section E. ) of the approved proposal. It is RDC policy not to share information about proposals, so all information regarding the dataset must be provided by your research team.
- You must not reveal any information:
- That could identify an individual or establishment
- 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
- About exact dates
- Any mechanism that could unintentionally reveal information about any of the above items. Remember publishing information on external sources of data after they have been merged to NCHS data could facilitate the identification of areas, dates, or individuals.
(Disclosure concerns to consider)
- Follow the RDC citation requirements.
- Ask the RDC Analyst for help or clarification anytime you have a disclosure concern.
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.
while in the RDC, but it did not undergo disclosure
review, share this information with your Analyst to
assess if it poses a risk.
available in the public files (e.g. specific states,
counties), unless you have received written
permission from the Review Committee.
represented without written permission.
related to lower levels of geography.
year), without written permission.
to temporal components.
External data sources
merged to NCHS data
using geographic or
the identification of areas, dates or individuals who
participated in NCHS surveys
NCHS data as you would NCHS data.
Identification of an
Discuss inclusion and exclusion criteria in a way that does
not inadvertently identify small cell or extreme case. This
includes information on individual(s) or establishments
a sample less than those specified cell suppression
How to cite the RDC
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